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Extradition Costs to CPS

Extradition Costs to CPS

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The CPS incorporates RCPO
Crown Prosecution Service, Business Information Systems Directorate, Floor 5 North, Rose Court, 2 SouthwarkBridge, London SE1 9HS
www.cps.gov.uk
Mrs Julia O’Dwyer 
 23
rd
October 2012
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUESTRef: 3526
Dear 
Mrs O’Dwyer,
 
I refer to your Freedom of Information request which was received on 1
st
October.It may be helpful if I explain that the Freedom of Information Act is a public disclosure regime, not aprivate regime. Information disclosed under it is thereafter deemed to be in the public domain, andtherefore freely available to the general public upon request.Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act creates a statutory right of access to recorded informationheld by public authorities i.e. the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). This right is to be informed whether the information requested is held by the public authority or not, and if the information exists, for it to becommunicated. A public authority must reply to such a request promptly and in any event, not later thantwenty working days after receipt.The individu
al’s right to information is not unqualified; it is subject to a number of exemptions that are
contained within the Act. The majority of these exemptions are qualified, that is to say the decision
whether to confirm or deny the information’s existence or t
o disclose the requested material, will besubject to a public interest test.You asked for the total costs to date to the CPS of seven cases. We have identified the following costs inrelation to the cases that you have enquired about:
Richard O’Dwyer 
- £2,028 paid to counselChristopher Tappin - £6,344 paid to counselBabar Ahmed - £91,426.50 in total including witness costs, experts, telephone conference costs andcosts of all counsel. This figure does not include the recent European Court of Human Rights case.The costs in the cases of Gary MacKinnon, David Bermingham, Giles Darby and Gary Mulgrew have notbeen recorded as they took place before the introduction of our system for monitoring and recordingsuch costs. A manual search of our electronic and paper files provided no additional information.We are unable to provide any further costs incurred in relation to these cases, such as administrationcosts or in-house lawyer costs, as they were not recorded in these cases. Costs of this type are onlyrecorded by us in exceptional circumstances.

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