Extradition moves

Representatives of the Home Office have made a “firm offer” to Spanish lawyers to visit their counterparts in the UK so that British drug barons and money launderers who are operating from the Costa del Sol can be extradited without “hiccups”. Home Office Parliamentary under-secretary with responsibility for drugs, Tom Sackville, made the offer to his opposite number while on a trip to Madrid last week. “It is vitally important,” said Sackville, “to both the UK and Spain that the extradition arrangements, which are time limited, work smoothly and are watertight.” He added: “We must not allow a request to be held up or to fail simply because of a lack of communication, a technical error or a misunderstanding of each other's legal requirements.”