UK Court Rejects US Extradition Request Due to Restrictive Treatment Program for Sex Offenders

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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Bruce Zagaris


                On June 28, 2012, the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division Administrative Court reversed a decision to extradite U.S. national Shawn Sullivan on basis that the U.S. had not guaranteed Sullivan would be kept out of a “civil commitment” program in Minnesota for sex offenders.  The High Court concluded that such civil commitment would amount to a flagrant denial of Sullivan’s rights in Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights.[1]

[1]               Shawn Eugene Sullivan v. U.S., [2012] EWHC 1680 (Admin), Case No: C)/1672/2011, June 28, 2012.