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Jon Katz discusses an extradition to the U.S., today on BBC TV

Feb 11, 2011 Jon Katz discusses an extradition to the U.S., today on BBC TV

Camera image from U.S. Geological Survey website.  

Today, I appeared around 2:30 p.m. EDT, pre-recorded, on BBC TV Channel 1’s South East Today, on the Christopher Tappin extradition case that I have discussed here and here.

The interview at BBC’s Washington, D.C., bureau was about the recent British court order greenlighting Mr. Tappin’s extradition to the United States on charges related to his allegedly having arranged unlawfully to export missile battery components to Iran. Mr. Tappin claims that his profit from the transaction would have been but a few hundred dollars, apparently to show that a man as wealthy as he would not engage in a criminal transaction for such a small profit. The news reports his plans to appeal the extradition order.

In the interview, I pointed out that American law enforcement authorities too often arrange for people to engage in criminal activities and then to arrest them. I underlined that in such financially-strapped times as now, governments should be reining in such excessive law enforcement activities.

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