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Friday, June 02, 2006

Police Answer to Foriegn Masters

Soveriegnty of our police forces is no longer.

The Government signed up to a European Evidence Warrant yesterday that gives foreign judges the power to send British police into a British home and seize evidence in connection with suspected crimes committed in other European Union nations.
Seeing as those suspected of serious crimes like terrorism can be dealt with under existing laws, what will this be used for?

My guess is that judges in countries such as France and Spain, whose role is very different to our judges, will use it to launch politically motivated witch hunts. (Remember Pinochet).

Why we would want to agree to it is beyond my comprehension.

6 comments:

dizzy said...

they're coming for you my friend, time for Room 101 re-education.

Anonymous said...

Typically, it talks about how other European Judges can more easily get warrants for suspected criminals in the UK, but doesn't talk about the use for UK Judges getting warrants for suspected criminals in other countries.

So typically one-sided. It's also bigotted, implying that UK Judges are all perfect and those 'foreign' ones are likely corrupt.

This prevents 'shopping' for safe havens for criminals in the EU. Frankly, it helps us more than it may hurt us.

dizzy said...

I think the loss sovereignty in the reverse is just as worrying.

Serf said...

So typically one-sided. It's also bigotted, implying that UK Judges are all perfect and those 'foreign' ones are likely corrupt.

Do you really believe that all 25 members have the same standards? Personally I am quite willing to believe that our judges are better than those of some member countries. I don't see that as bigotted.

I am also aware that the systems are different in other countries which will in itself cause problems.

This prevents 'shopping' for safe havens for criminals in the EU.

Which safe havens? Plus any benefits that could acrue from this could have been made without the gross loss of sovereignty that this entails.

mark adams said...

anonomous,

It is not British judges being perfect, it is about our system of justice being different.

Even in the US which is a single country, an extridition warrant signed by the Governor is required to take a person from one state to another. This simple and unbureaucratic safeguard has not created safe havens for Americans, why on earth should it do so here?

The differences between states are small but the differences between the common law approach and the code d'Napoleon approach are vast.

I think the loss of sovereignty pales in comparison with the loss of liberty.

AntiCitizenOne said...

http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-13526695,00.html