This is extreme and will lead to Britain becoming a haven for Turkish criminals, particularly given that we have a medium-sized Turkish community in this country and that it is easy to get from Germany, which has a much larger Turkish community, to here. Rather than a blanket ban, each extradition should be judged on its individual merits with Turkey's circumstances taken into account - I can see the argument for not extraditing someone who is, or who is suspected to be, wanted for political reasons and who therefore could reasonably expect to have their human rights seriously violated, but someone who is wanted for a 'common' crime such as murder or theft would be unlikely to get the severity of treatment that a political prisoner would, and should thus be sent to Turkey for trial posthaste.
Aye. A further step should be to initiate negotiations with Turkey to set up a court abiding by Turkish law, but under third party jurisdiction.
This does not stop any person of Turkish origin who has committed a crime in say Germany being extradited there. I thank the Secretary of State for responding to my concerns.
Debate on this statement has concluded.