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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Cheat US? It's not so safe anymore, even if you live abroad

US says it has right to kidnap British citizens

David Leppard

AMERICA has told Britain that it can kidnap British citizens if they are wanted for crimes in the United States.

A senior lawyer for the American government has told the Court of Appeal in London that kidnapping foreign citizens is permissible under American law because the US Supreme Court has sanctioned it.

The admission will alarm the British business community after the case of the so-called NatWest Three, bankers who were extradited to America on fraud charges. More than a dozen other British executives, including senior managers at British Airways and BAE Systems, are under investigation by the US authorities and could face criminal charges in America.

Until now it was commonly assumed that US law permitted kidnapping only in the extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects.

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