U.S. Extradition from the U.K. Engenders Controversies

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Monday, August 1, 2005
Bruce Zagaris
The U.S. government has gradually expanded its authority to gain custody of non-nationals through extradition and alternative means. U.S. extradition requests for three British nationals for committed in Enron-related activities and for Ian Norris, a British national wanted for anti-trust violations, provide two recent examples of this expanded power. On June 21 and 23, 2004, the British courts held hearings on the U.S. extradition request for Gary Mulgrew, Giles Darby and David Bermingham, three men arrested by British authorities at the request of the U.S. on April 23, 2004. Their extradition is requested on the basis of seven counts of wire fraud for allegedly using faxes, e-mails or wire transfers to invest secretly in an off-balance-sheet Enron partnership called Southampton...[more]