Examination of Witnesses (Questions 440
WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 2002
440. Do you think that there should be?
(Mr Dawson) There has been no suggestion from prosecuting
authorities that they need to go down that particular route. The
penalties for specific terrorism offences outlined, for example,
in respect of fund-raising and so on, are believed to be sufficient,
and we are not aware of any particular push to go down that road.
Chairman: I am sorry to interrupt you, Mr McCabe.
441. I think the answer you were giving me there
was that the courts could take into account the fact that there
was a paramilitary component to it, and as a consequence they
would be more likely to sentence up to the maximum above the tariff.
Presumably that was the essence of the point you were making,
is that right?
(Mr Dawson) Yes.
442. Is that the same for Northern Ireland as
it is for the rest of the country?
(Mr Dawson) I believe so, yes.
Mr McCabe: Thank you very much.
443. What difference will the proposed European
Arrest Warrant make to law enforcement's ability to pursue individuals
across the land border with the Republic?
(Mr Dawson) Excuse me while I familiarise myself with
the relevant briefing from our relevant unit. I think I will have
to consult colleagues and supply a written response to that question,
if that is acceptable.
444. All right. The supplementary to that is,
if we do not have that proposal implementedand I can tell
you Customs and Excise thought it was an encouraging sign, because
there is no extradition agreement for financial crime between
the Republic of Ireland and this countryis there further
scope for that, if we cannot get the European Arrest Warrant to
(Mr Dawson) I believe that it is now possible, using
the existing backing of warrant legislation, for extradition for
fiscal offences to take place between the UK and the Republic.
Chairman: Perhaps it would be better if you
consolidated that note which you have there into a note that we
can see, so that we can get the answer down in black and white.
Mr Stadlen, Mr Dawson, thank you very much indeed.