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Extradition: USA

Question for Home Office

UIN 90259, tabled on 15 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 6 July 2020 to Question 69698, what estimate he has made of the number of extradition requests made by the USA to the UK during the period 1 January 2004 to 31 July 2020, and of those requests what was the (a) nationality of the defendant for each extradition request (b) number of successful extraditions by the nationality of the defendant and (c) number of rejected requests by the nationality of the defendant.

Answered on

23 September 2020

As a matter of long-standing policy and practice, we do not disclose whether an extradition request has been made or received until such time as a person is arrested in relation to the request. We therefore cannot provide the total number of extradition requests made by the USA to the UK or vice versa.

Statistics showing the nationality of the subject of requests which led to an extradition are available from January 2010 as nationality was not centrally recorded for all cases before this time. Statistics showing the nationality of the subject of requests which were refused are available from 1 January 2004 and are set out below.

US EXTRADITION REQUESTS TO THE UK LEADING TO EXTRADITION (Jan 2010 – July 2020)

NATIONALITY

NUMBER

British *

51 (*includes 10 individuals with dual nationality)

US *

20 (*includes 5 individuals with dual nationality)

Somali

2

South African

1

Jamaican

3

Indian

1

Irish

2

Mexican

1

Egyptian

2

Saudi Arabian

1

Romanian

5

Pakistani

5

Chinese

1

Ghanaian*

2 (*includes 1 individual with dual nationality)

Colombian

2

Ukrainian

3

Iranian

1

Lithuanian

1

Italian

1

Latvian

1

Nigerian

3

Vietnamese

1

Dutch

1

German

1

Danish

1

Bangladeshi / Belizean (Dual national)

1

UK REFUSALS OF US EXTRADITION REQUESTS BY NATIONALITY SINCE 2004

NATIONALITY

NUMBER

British *

11

US *

6

Chinese

2

Iranian

1

Israeli

1

Total

21

* includes individuals who hold dual nationality

In relation to the difference in the numbers of unsuccessful requests, the Answers given to Questions 4307 and 69698 covered different time periods. All figures are taken from local management information and are not quality assured to the level of published National Statistics. As such they should always be treated as provisional and therefore subject to change as officials refresh and revise the available data. The figures do not include Scotland, which deals with its own extradition cases.

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