Memorandum of Understanding with Libya
Comment at end
11th April, 2008
MEMORANDA OF UNDERSTANDING
The UK signed the memoranda with Jordan, Libya and Lebanon. Their purpose was to facilitate deportation of terror suspects between countries The Foreign Office says they act as assurances from those countries that suspects sent back will not be tortured. Critics say the agreements are neither binding nor offer suspects any protection.
Below is the text of the Memorandum of Understanding which Tony Blair agreed with Colonel Gaddafi of Libya in May 2007.
This decision by the courts on 10th April, 2008 seems to have junked this.
I ask again – WHO is running our country?
Memorandum of understanding
Here is the full text of the memorandum of understanding on prisoner transfers and other matters signed by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi.
Memorandum of Understanding on the pursuit of agreements on judicial co-operation between the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Confirming the friendship and strong ties between the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Noting the desire of both sides to strengthen judicial co-operation, in the context of our increasing joint efforts in the field of justice and home affairs, and specifically of our recently enhanced co-operation on counter-terrorism.
The participants have reached an understanding that they will shortly commence negotiations on the following matters:
- Mutual legal assistance in the field of criminal law
- Mutual legal assistance in the field of civil and commercial law
- Extradition, and Prisoner Transfer
The two sides will work to conclude the negotiations and prepare these agreements in their final form; in the case of the last-mentioned agreement, working on the basis of the British model agreement on Prisoner Transfer presented recently to the Secretary for Justice during his visit to the United Kingdom of 22-24 May – to be signed within a period not exceeding 12 months from the date of signing this MoU.
The UK Government will seek to obtain the agreement of all three jurisdictions within the United Kingdom in each of those cases.
Signed at Sirte on Tuesday, 29 May 2007: the two original texts, in Arabic and English, have equal legal validity.