We have a received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:
- how many requests have come from the United States to the UK for the extradition of British citizens
- how many of the above requests have been rejected by the UK
- how many requests have been made by the UK to extradite US citizens
- how many of the above requests have been refused.
We released the following information on 21 December 2008:
It should be emphasised that (i) as a matter of policy and practice, the Home Office will neither confirm nor deny the existence of an extradition request ahead of a person’s arrest; and (ii) a person’s nationality does not form, in itself, a bar to extradition between the UK and the US.
Accordingly, the nationality of someone subject to an extradition request is not always recorded. With these caveats in mind, I am able to disclose the following information:
Since the UK-US bilateral extradition treaty (signed on 31 March 2003) came into force on 26 April 2007, 36 people have been arrested in the UK (excluding Scotland) pursuant to extradition requests made by the US. Of these, 11 are known to have British (or dual) nationality.
In the same period, prosecutors in the UK (excluding Scotland) have made 25 requests to the US, three of which are for American nationals. No requests have been refused for nationals of the requested state in either country.