|Torquil Dick-Erikson, long time campaigner against EU injustice.|
If you have a bit of time to spare and pop in either, EAW, or European Arrest Warrant, into the search box on this blog, you will come across many postings on the topic as it is one of great worry and ire to this blogger as well as to all others who care about freedom, liberty, democracy and national sovereignty.
The person who first alerted all the dangers of European justice, or in reality European injustice, back in the 1990’s, was Torquil Dick-Erikson. Torquil in many ways is a very interesting chap, technically he should be the EU’s ideal European citizen. He was born to a combination of an English mother and a Danish farther and now lives in Rome teaching people to speak English - how could you not meet someone more European than him. Ironically, Torquil is someone greatly admired by those of us who have been campaigning against the EU and all the horrors it brings, one of which is the European Arrest Warrant which Torquil has done more tthan any to warn of, as well has his opposition to our EU membership.
In a letter titled Arbitrary arrest, published in the Daily Telegraph on the 12th December, Torquil wrote: ‘SIR – I wonder if the long list of worthy people who signed the letter commemorating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are aware that its ninth article, “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”, is flatly contradicted by the European Arrest Warrant.
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Arrest and detention without any evidence being produced, is clearly arbitrary. This is common practice in the jurisdictions with Napoleonic-inquisitorial systems, which are prevalent among Britain’s EU partners. Mere suspicion, based on clues, is enough. Italian criminal procedure, for example, provides that “serious and concordant clues” are grounds for arrest and lengthy imprisonment, with no right to any public hearing while the authorities seek hard evidence against the prisoner.
The European Arrest Warrant is based on the mistaken assumption that the legal systems of all EU states operate as fairly as our own, in particular regarding this matter of evidence. If such a warrant is received, no British court is allowed to ask to see evidence against the suspect. It must simply truss him up and ship him over.
The Lisbon Treaty left Britain the option of staying opted out, so reconfirming the European Arrest Warrant was voluntary, indeed wanton. It cannot now be revoked without leaving the EU completely. Is it one of the powers that David Cameron intends to “claw back” in his vaunted future “renegotiation” strategy? Presumably not.’
On Friday 19th December there came a response on the Telegraph letters page from a Mrs Philippa Hainsworth, who quoted Torquil then went on to describe the how the EAW has created much injustice and harassment for her husband. She explained that on the basis a car registered to him was in the vicinity of a crime, nothing more than that, his and her lives have been turned upside down.
Back in the days when British Governments took it as their solemn duty to stand up for the interests of the nation and the people they were elected to represent, before they decided to abandon us all to the vagaries of EU domination, any British subject accused of a crime on foreign soil could not be sent to face trial in a foreign court without substantial evidence being provided first, this was when we had an extradition treaty and we could rely on our Government to defend us.
However, as you can see from Mrs Hainsworth’s letter, that no longer applies and we are all at the mercy of the EAW and foreign criminal systems, courts and incarceration in dodgy continental clinks - our Governments have abandoned us.
Poor Mr Hainsworth was arrested for nothing other than his car was parked near to where a crime of arson had taken place in Greece, on that basis an EAW was produced and he was arrested three months later at border control when returning from France, then shipped out to a jail in Greece. All this has placed Mr & Mrs Hainsworth under not only a great deal of unnecessary stress, but mant they have also incurred substantial fiscal costs as the case is still not closed, leaving them with mounting legal fees.
Had this country not been mad enough to be embroiled in the EU, decent, innocent people such as these would not have been caught up in such an outrageous injustice as our Government would have told the Greek authorities to stop being so silly and to go away, the Government would have defended its own and not allowed extradition without any sound and substantial evidence being provided first.
The Hainsworth’s are now another statistic in the growing numbers of victims of the EU and its unjust EAW - how many more will end up suffering in foreign prisons before a British Government comes to its senses and takes the nation out of the EU?
If you click on to the links you will need to scroll down to find the letters from Torquil & Mrs Hainsworth.