Back to cross-border issues for a sec, came across this bit in the Guardian about trivial extradition requests annoying the Brits:

The number of extradition cases being dealt with in the UK courts has reached record levels, fuelled by a number of “trivial” requests from Europe that have exasperated the police and clogged up the system, the Guardian has learned.

Up to 1,000 extradition cases are expected to have been dealt with by the end of the year, more than double the number last year, and four times the number in 2006 according to figures from the City of Westminster magistrates court, which handles all extradition hearings.

The increase is largely down to the volume of European arrest warrants (EAWs), many of them issued by Poland.

….He estimated that 40% of all extradition cases dealt with by the Metropolitan police originated in Poland, adding that many of the offences were so minor they would lead to either a caution or no investigation at all in England and Wales.

In one case, according to Flood, a carpenter who fitted wardrobe doors and then removed them when the client refused to pay him, was subject to an extradition request by Poland so that they could try him for theft. In another case, the Polish authorities requested the extradition of a suspect for theft of a dessert. “The European arrest warrant contained a list of the ingredients,” Flood said.

Although Poland is not the only culprit – a Lithuanian was extradited last year on a charge of “piglet-rustling” – it has made the most requests by far.

Wow. Gotta keep those Lithuanian piglet-rustlers off the streets, right? Apparently the Polish requests are so numerous because they just lack a basic component in their procedural bureaucracy:

The number of requests from Poland and other eastern European countries is due to the absence of a filtering process to weed out cases that are not worth prosecuting.

Ahhhh, nice to see common sense ruling out in government.

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