UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

US-SA EXTRADITION TREATY

STATEMENT ISSUED BY JAKE MASEKA, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR JUSTICE

The UDM welcomes the extradition treaty signed yesterday between South Africa and the United States of America.

This follows the embarrassment of the Constitutional Court having to tell the government that they should not have extradited a suspect to the US where he now faces the death penalty. We hope that the new treaty makes adequate provision for the ruling of the Constitutional Court.

Similarly, we call on government, as the champion of Human Rights in the international arena, to review all extradition treaties with countries that still apply the death penalty.

Enquiries:
Mr Jake Maseka, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Justice
082 821 6290

Cape Town
26 June 2001