House of Lords hears Norris extradition case

The House of Lords will today begin hearing the case of Ian Norris, determining conditions under which a UK citizen can be extradited to the US.

The House of Lords will today (24th January) begin hearing the extradition case of Ian Norris which will determine the conditions under which a UK citizen can be extradited to the US.

White & Case, representing Norris, will attempt to block the US’ attempt to extradite the retired businessman by challenging key terms in the extradition treaty between the US and UK.

The US is attempting to extradite Norris on charges of price-fixing and obstructing justice.

The issues that will determine include whether price fixing is indictable under the banner of conspiracy to defraud and, if so, whether it matches the US offence of price fixing and satisfies the requirements of the Extradition Act 2003.

The Lords will also decide whether obstruction of or interference with US administrative, investigative or judicial authorities is an extradition offence under the Extradition Act 2003 and if the passage of time is a bar to Norris’ extradition, considering the US authorities have disclosed no evidence.

If White & Case fails in the House of Lords, Norris, who has prostate cancer, will be sent to face charges that he was involved in fixing the price of carbon products between 1989 and 2000, charges he denies.

Norris has instructed White & Case partner Alistair Graham. Graham instructed Richard Gordon QC, Jonathan Sumption QC and Martin Chamberlain, of Brick Court chambers for Norris.

David Perry QC, Louis Mably QC and Miss Adina Ezekiel of 6 King’s Bench Walk acted for the US Government, while Khawar Qureshi QC of Serle Court represented the Home Office.