NatWest Three lawyer criticises courts

The lawyer acting for the three former NatWest bankers facing extradition to the US today slammed the UK and European courts after the trio’s final appeal failed.

In a letter to Jeffrey Green Russell partner Mark Spragg, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said there was no reason to stay the ‘NatWest Three’s’ extradition to the US. David Bermingham, Giles Darby and Gary Mulgrew will now be extradited to Texas to await trial.

Spragg told The Lawyer: “They do suffer irreparable harm by the ECHR not giving them a stay. I just feel all we have managed to do is to establish that UK citizens have no rights, and if you are extradited that’s it, you’re going to go. There’s no balancing act in the courts.”

The trio are accused of conspiracy to defraud over the sale of part of US energy giant Enron, which collapsed sensationally in 2001.

Spragg has acted for the NatWest Three through their appeals against extradition and their attempts to secure a judicial review hearing into the Serious Fraud Office’s refusal to investigate their case.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Washington partner Mark MacDougall will act for Bermingham in the US.