Not Saussure

October 14, 2006

At last, I see the point of the extradition treaty…

Filed under: Bloody Yanks, Iraq, UK, usa — notsaussure @ 2:21 pm

The Guardian reports,

The American soldiers who shot dead the ITN journalist Terry Lloyd could face trial in a British court for murder after a coroner ruled that they had unlawfully killed an innocent civilian.

Andrew Walker, the assistant deputy coroner for Oxfordshire, said yesterday he would be writing to the attorney general and the director of public prosecutions “to see whether any steps can be taken to bring the perpetrators responsible for this to justice”.

How fortunate the US Senate has recently ratified their side of the fast-track US/UK extradition treaty. British soldiers would quite rightly find themselves facing trial were a similar verdict to be reached of them, and I can’t believe that even this government would wish to argue our allies can, with impunity, shoot British citizens in circumstances that would put our own troops in court were they to do the same.

Then, of course, they can send us some former members of PIRA with whom we’d like to speak.   Nothing much will happen to them, doubtless, but it’s the principle of the thing.

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