The campaign to attract every wrong’un on the planet to Britain claims another win.
Shawn Sullivan is an American citizen and “one of America’s most wanted paedophiles”. While accused of raping a 14 year-old girl and sexually molesting two 11 year-olds in Minnesota, he did a runner to Ireland where he gained a conviction for assaulting two girls. Eventually he ended up in – where else? – London, which clearly had the Americans thinking they’d got their man. An extradition request was made, approved, appealed by Sullivan, the appeal was dismissed by the Home Office, and Sullivan appealed to the High Court.
But Sullivan took his case to the High Court earlier this year, with his lawyers claiming that if he were convicted in the US, he faced being put under a “civil commitment” order at the end of his jail term that effectively meant he would be deemed “sexually dangerous” and never released.
In a judgment published last week, the High Court judges said there was a real risk he would be put on the programme, and that it would breach his right not to suffer loss of liberty without due process as protected by the European Court of Human Rights. […] In a note released on Thursday, Lord Justice Moses announced that “the United States will not provide an assurance” and so the appeal under the 2003 Extradition Act was allowed.
Great. So for the purposes of extradition, the US must now conform to the demands of the ECHR. Looking at 5.1 of the Convention (cited by the High Court): nope, me neither. It seems the High Court has simply decided that unless the feds do it Strasbourg’s way then they won’t do it at all.