From a press release:
London MEP Sarah Ludford has welcomed the use of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) in a bid to apprehend a former Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing children at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, west London. After failing to answer bail the man, named by police as Lawrence Soper, is believed to have fled to Italy.
Sarah Ludford commented:
“This represents a clear example of sound use of the Euro-warrant. While there are some cases of justified concern about misuse, the EAW is generally used properly.”
“It makes the long arm of the law that much longer and is a powerful tool in ensuring dangerous criminals do not escape justice. I hope it leads to Mr Soper’s speedy return to face the charges in the UK for the heinous crimes of which he is accused.”
“Those politicians who oppose the EAW in principle need to explain to victims their defence of criminals getting away with murder, trafficking, sex crimes and terrorism.”