MP wants apology for constituent extradited to US on drugs charge

June 12, 2009 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

by Yepoka Yeebo

A British man convicted of smuggling four tonnes of cannabis into the US claims courts were misled into extraditing him.

Giles Carlyle-Clarke, who served three years in an American prison for his involvement in the £60m deal, says US authorities lied about being unable to find him.

Mr Carlyle-Clark previously suggested his extradition was linked to a deal to relocate British prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

Conservative MP for North Dorset, Robert Walker, raised his constituent’s objections in the House of Commons on Thursday, demanding an apology.

“Although Mr. Carlyle-Clarke pleaded guilty to the original crimes and has served his sentence in prison, it still remains the case that the procedures surrounding his deportation could not be described as representative of justice,” said Mr Walter.

“Those procedures were an affront to my constituent’s human rights, and I believe that he is owed an apology by both Governments for an extradition that he believes was obtained by deception.”

Mr Walter said that US authorities had claimed they did not know where Mr Carlyle-Clark was until the end of the 1990s.

“New evidence before the Minister proved that the American authorities had in fact known his identity since 1988, and that they had known of his whereabouts since 1989,” said Mr Walter.

“In fact, he had served a sworn affidavit on the American authorities in 1989 in which he gave the address in Dorset in my constituency where he had continued to live.

“United States authorities knew all along who Giles Carlyle-Clarke was.

“They knew that he was the registered owner of the yacht involved in the offences; they had photographs of him dating from 1988 and a sworn affidavit that he had lodged in an associated case in 1989.

“All that evidence was available to the Home Secretary before his extradition. However, the Home Secretary chose to rely on the assistant district attorney’s statement that the authorities did not know who Mr. Carlyle-Clarke was until 1995, although they still took until 1999 to seek his extradition.

“I am not a lawyer, but I can tell when a citizen has been unfairly dealt with by Ministers and the courts.

“Those procedures were an affront to my constituent’s human rights, and I believe that he is owed an apology by both Governments for an extradition that he believes was obtained by deception.”

Phil Woolas, Minister for Borders and Immigration said he could not comment on the implication that the UK Government were either misled or complicit in misleading in Mr Carlyle-Clarke’s case.

“Another judicial review application was dismissed… with the Court ruling that the claimant had got nowhere near establishing a case of a request made in bad faith.

“An application to the European Court of Human Rights was turned down, and hence the extradition took place the following month. I believe that the issues of fairness and proportionality were dealt with in the High Court case.”


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