White-Collar Crime: One-way ticket
UK citizens are facing the consequences of a US Government that is keen on issuing extradition proceedings. Terrorism is cited as the reason behind this, but many of the US' applications are for non-US citizens accused of white-collar crime. Jason Mansell reports
In the not too distant future, David Bermingham, Gary Mulgrew and Giles Derby may find themselves on an aeroplane to the US. Upon arrival, the three former Nat West bankers will be brought before a Texas court to face charges in respect of an £11m fraud arising out of the collapse of Enron. The trial may last many months and it is unlikely any of the defendants will be granted bail. If their extradition eventually takes place, it will be despite the fact that nearly all of the alleged criminal acts took place in the UK, and in circumstances where the UK authorities have shown little appetite for investigating, let alone prosecuting, the matter.
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