Ruling in Phillip Harkins case could prevent all similar removals in future to US states with whole life sentences without parole
A Scottish man wanted in Florida for first degree murder is taking his appeal against extradition to the European court of human rights in a
Lawyers for Phillip Harkins, who has been on remand for 11 years in Belmarsh prison, say he is being subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment because he faces a whole life sentence without prospect of release if convicted of killing a cannabis dealer.
If such an «accidental shooting» had occurred in the UK, according to his solicitor, Yasmin Aslam, it would involve a manslaughter trial. Harkins, 38, denies even being present at the robbery in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1999.