Germany Won’t Extradite Germans Post-Brexit – Affecting Two People. Yes, 2.

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So we’re told at least, that Germany will stop extraditing German citizens to face the music in Britain post-Brexit. This seems reasonable enough as the method used at present is the European Arrest Warrant, something which is a European Union abomination.

There are, of course, other methods of extradition than the EAW but often enough a country insists that it won’t extradite one of its own through those other systems. The EAW states that it must.

Berlin will stop extraditing Germans to Britain immediately after Brexit even if it leaves the European Union with a deal, the Financial Times reported on.ft.com/2DPMBED on Sunday, citing a formal notification submitted by Germany to the European Commission last week. The notification cites concerns faced by Britain and the EU in maintaining their security cooperation at the current level after Brexit, according to the report.

The thing is though extradition isn’t all that common an undertaking. We’ve even got the statistics for it, here. We asked for, in 2017-8, no Germans. We got two Germans. And we got 15 arrested in Germany.

Note that it’s only German nationals that Germany won’t extradite to the UK post-Brexit. So, at entirely the worst, we’re talking here about 2 people who might not righteously face justice in our sceptered isle.

That might be a price worth paying to be free of Brussels, don’t you think?

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Criminals scarpering to the Costa del Crime, I can understand (though Rio looks a lot more attractive). But legging it to Hanover?

Jonathan Harston
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Extradite to… always sounds wrong. Extradite “feels” liks it is a pulling action, not a pushing action, so eg UK extradites *from* Germany, not Germany extradites *to* UK.

thammond
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Perhaps but “if he loses his appeal, he will be extradited to the US” sounds fine?

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And if Britain refuses to extradite Britons to Germany in reply? How does that benefit Germany? All they do is lose, out of spite.

So they’ll start extraditing the moment there’s a criminal in Britain they really want.

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No, that’s not quite right. We lose out on enacting justice, they get to keep criminals (alleged) presumably roaming around. Maybe they jail them instead and so have the cost and the risk.

We should extradite the accused unless we are pretty sure they are victimised rather than possibly guilty, not keep them here. So Germany gets both lots of alleged criminals and we don;t get either lot. O, so we don’t get justice, but that seems an OK trade.