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MEP explains the European Arrest Warrant as one is issued to locate missing teacher

Friday, 28 September 2012
If you’ve been following the UK news lately then you will have heard the story of Maths teacher Jeremy Forrest from Sussex who has disappeared over to France with a 15-year-old student of his. After almost a week without a positive sighting, Sussex Police have decided to call on their European partners for help and have issued a European Arrest Warrant (EAW).

EUReporter have taken the opportunity to interview SW Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson who, as then chairman of the Parliament’s Justice and Home Affairs Committee and the dossier’s rapporteur, was instrumental in such a mechanism being established. In this video Sir Graham explains how the EAW will operate in this case:

UPDATE (21:12): Goodness, that didn't take very long. According to press reports, the pair have already been tracked down and have been picked up in Bordeaux, France. Ironically, it also seems Prime Minister David Cameron has chosen this very same day to announce he intends to pull the UK out of European cooperation in many judicial measures, of which the European Arrest Warrant is one...

Only last month, former chiefs of the Metropolitan Police and MI5 wrote to Mr Cameron warning that scrapping or opting out of the European arrest warrant would be entirely self-defeating. Is there another U-turn on the horizon?


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