HC Deb 16 July 1987 vol 119 c617W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what factors he proposes to take into account in deciding whether to sign extradition warrants in respect of persons accused of offences in relation to the disaster at the Heysel stadium, Brussels, in May 1985; and when he expects to reach a decision.

Mr. Hurd

As in other extradition cases, I have to consider whether, having regard to all the circumstances, it would be unjust or oppressive to order surrender. Factors which I take into account in such cases include the seriousness or triviality of the alleged offence; how long ago it is alleged to have been committed; and whether the accusation is made in good faith in the interests of justice.

In reaching my decision I am willing to consider representations on such matters made by or on behalf of the person concerned, and any further evidence not available at the time of the court's decision. I shall be meeting hon. Members next week to receive representations on behalf of those accused of offences arising from the Heysel stadium disaster. The timing of my decision may depend on the nature of the representations which I have to consider.