MINISTERS will be challenged by the House of Lords today to renegotiate Britain’s extradition terms with the United States as anger grows at the treatment of three former bankers facing jail in Texas.
Peers are likely to vote to reverse the Government’s move to make it easier to extradite suspects to America after the failure of the US to reciprocate under a 2003 treaty.
The Lords move is symbolic, because the amendment is unlikely to reach the Commons until October, but is designed to put extra pressure on ministers over the extradition of the NatWest Three, who face £11 million fraud charges.
David Bermingham, Gary Mulgrew and Giles Darby were told yesterday to report to police at 5.30am on Thursday for a transatlantic flight, on which they will be accompanied by US marshals.
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