Assange and all that

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Couple of further idle thoughts on Assange, Ecuador, diplomatic immunity and the like -

The zeal with which this is being prosecuted by the powers that be is both absurd and financially unwarranted. Are the Met trying to win the Swedish police Outsourcing Contract?

I continue to have great difficulty with the UK pursuing such actions with their current single mindedness, when the crime for which he is supposedly being extradited is not a crime in the UK.

I know that the head prefect is away, and that the Westminster lot have a lot of previous for the caretakers getting very inventive while the cats away, but the downsides of this are huge, with no upside. And it is not
playing well at home.

I may be misunderstanding this, but there is a treaty of Vienna?  Or similar that defines treatment of diplomats.  Cretins in govt say that AH, yes, but in 1987 we passed a statute that lets us tear up the convention, revoke status, storm in, and arrest him.’

So, statute law overrides the treaty.

Yet, in other matters, e.g. smokng in public, anything to do with the EU etc, we constantly hear, ‘Oh, we have to pass that law, we signed a treaty that said we would.’ i.e. The treaty has precedence?

UN treaties with no-one are a favourite way to slip such laws onto the books, yet suddenly statute law trumps these previously sovereign edicts.

Good. I seem to remember that common law trumps statute, so stick it all sideways.

4 Responses to “Assange and all that”

  1. JD August 19, 2012 at 17:32 Permalink

    Are the Met trying to win the Swedish police Outsourcing Contract?
    Of couse they are because policing in this country is being handed over to the super-efficient G4S
    http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/07/13/g4s-greater-privatisation-of-police-should-be-a-major-cause-for-concern/

    ‘Oh, we have to pass that law, we signed a treaty that said we would.’ i.e. The treaty has precedence?
    Laws L J says it does and until Parliament does something about it then EU law takes precedence-
    All the specific rights and obligations which EU law creates are by the ECA incorporated into our domestic law and rank supreme
    see my two comments here-
    http://nourishingobscurity.com/2012/08/07/eu-law-prevails-over-national-law/

  2. A K Haart August 19, 2012 at 20:36 Permalink

    “The zeal with which this is being prosecuted by the powers that be is both absurd and financially unwarranted.”

    Somebody must be making a real fuss about him, although we should never discount bungling and misunderstandings.

  3. James Higham August 20, 2012 at 08:57 Permalink

    To me, it’s the same mindset as the mafia – someone ripping them off does not cost much in money but the principle can unseat them – therefore maximum prejudice in pursuing the whistleblower.

  4. Mark in Mayenne August 21, 2012 at 15:34 Permalink

    If I was in Assange’s shoes, I’d be fighting this extradition with everything I had, too.

    Who’d want to end up on trial for their life, a foreigner, accused of crimes against the state, in the USA?

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