Extradition agreement eases strain between Europe and US

The EU and the US will sign an extradition agreement in Washington today allowing terrorist suspects to be handed over to the US authorities.

The agreement is the centrepiece of the first EU-US summit since the Iraq war, and both sides will be trying hard to accentuate the positive, despite rows about trade, global warming, GM foods and other issues. The laboriously negotiated deal, part of Europe’s response to the September 11 attacks, makes it clear that anyone likely to face execution will not be surrendered. But it raises questions about the quality of evidence that the US will need to provide to seek an extradition. Full Story

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