UK: Murder suspect’s appeal against extradition to US goes to European court

09 January 2017

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 long-running case that could prevent all similar removals to the US in future.

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.

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