Lucky Duchess

The Home Office is not cooperating with the Turkish authorities regarding their investigation into the duchess of York and her undercover filming at an Ankara orphanage.

But a spokesman for the Home Office told The Daily Telegraph that no assistance would be given to the Turkish authorities because the Duchess’s actions in exposing poor conditions at the orphanage did not constitute a crime in the UK.

Which is good for the duchess. However, Turkey would very much like to join the EU. If they were members of that august club, they would merely need to issue an arrest warrant, no?

This, then, would not apply:

“Under UK extradition law a judge must order the discharge of [an extradition request] if it is not an offence under UK law and in the country requesting extradition,” said the spokesman. “In this case there is no offence in UK law so there will be no extradition.”

Merely a knock on the door at 2am and twenty-two years inside a Turkish prison.

8 comments for “Lucky Duchess

  1. January 14, 2012 at 11:48 am
    • January 14, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Ah, yes, the USA extradition treaty. They only have to ask and we roll over. The Nat West three, anyone?

  2. Andy Nicholas
    January 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Blair would have sent her, if they paid him enough.

  3. January 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    It should be remembered that the UK is one country that is actively promoting Turkey to be an EU member state…

    Such a tangled web we weave..

    • January 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      That point hadn’t bypassed me 😉

    • Mudplugger
      January 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      But the unspoken reason for UK support of Turkey’s EU ambitions is nothing to do with Turkey – it is only to clear the way for a future admission of Israel.

      After all, they’re already in Euro football and the Eurovision Song Contest – only the EU step left, then we’ll all have to lock away the family silver.

      • January 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

        You do have to wonder why on Earth Israel would want to join. There’s no accounting for taste, I guess.

        • Mudplugger
          January 15, 2012 at 9:48 am

          Nothing to do with taste, it’s about power.

          When you already have US and UK politicians (of all flavours) dancing to your money’s tune, you target the next body of global influence which would be susceptible to the established ‘guilt-trip’ process, and that’s the EU.

          There’s a long game in play here……

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