HC Deb 19 February 1990 vol 167 c652
33. Mr. Gow

To ask the Attorney-General whether he has any proposals to change the present law and practice relating to extradition between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

The Attorney-General

I understand that my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary, who is responsible for United Kingdom law in this area, has no proposals for change. As to practice, we shall continue to seek the extradition of offenders from the Republic of Ireland whenever an appropriate case arises.

Mr. Gow

Is not it the duty of the Government of the Irish Republic, with or without the Anglo-Irish Agreement, to do all in their power to ensure that those who are suspected of criminal offences, notably terrorist offences, are brought to justice? Is my right hon. and learned Friend continuing to make representations to secure the extradition to this country of Mr. Ryan?

The Attorney-General

I believe that the Irish Government would accept the duty that my hon. Friend formulates. Mr. Ryan's case must be regarded as concluded in view of the decision of the Irish Director of Public Prosecutions, who is an independent official, as is the Director of Public Prosecutions in this country. I have the highest regard for the Attorney-General in Dublin. Mr. Murray. Each country has its own statute law with which it has to comply. Each country has independent judges and independent Directors of Public Prosecutions. Each of us desires that those who should be charged with serious criminal offences are brought to justice.

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