There\’s something of a problem with this EAW you see:
In another case, Andrew Symeou was extradited to Greece in July 2009 to face charges in connection with the death of a young man on a Greek island.
He spent a year in custody before being granted bail but could not leave Greece. He was finally cleared by a Greek court in June this year.
You can get picked up and dumped in the prison of any other EU country on the basis of no evidence at all. Simply the issuance of a warrant is all that is required.
However, once you\’re there, you\’re a foreigner with no connections to the country, a flight risk, and thus you don\’t get bail and you cannot return home while the case is processed. You know, get on with life, go to uni, whatever, while the mills of Balkan justice grind slowly.
But if you can be picked up anywhere in the EU and dumped into any prison on the basis of no evidence then you\’re not in fact a flight risk, are you? If every police force in the continent can be forced to look for you, pick you up and deliver you to the court, then you are no more out of their reach pottering around Enfield productively waiting for trial than you are stuck in either a Greek prison or confined to Greece.
Indeed, the very fact that you have been picked up and delivered on an EAW shows that you absolutely are not out of the court\’s jurisdiction while awaiting trial in your home country.
So not only have they got the most basic thing wrong: the EAW shouldn\’t exist, no, we should not be bundling up Britons to face the courts of other countries without seeing the evidence against them, but the very fact that the EAW exists should mean instant bail and return to home while the case drags on.
And as the EU hasn\’t the wit to organise this then fuck \’em.
Can we leave yet?