A few weeks back, Angie was talking about making a permanent move to Lanzarote, in Spain’s Canary Islands. At the time, she mentioned she’d be moving in June or July; and in her recently released video chat with Rupert, she stated her belief that ‘Lanzarote doesn’t have an extradition treaty with England’.
Well, no, she’s right, it doesn’t.
That’s because Lanzarote isn’t a country. It’s an island that’s part of a country.
News flash to Angie: Only nations can have extradition treaties. Fact.
And it’s a myth that Spain and the UK have no extradition treaty, though we can see where the confusion might have arisen.
In 1978, a 100-year-old treaty between the two countries ran out, and Spain gained notoriety as a haven for UK criminals, many of whom found their way to the ‘Costa del Crime’.
However, in 1985 a new extradition treaty between the two countries was signed, and the days of fun in the sun for the criminally inclined came to an end.
So really, it’s understandable that Angie might not have heard about this new development, which has only been in place for the past three decades or so.
Worse yet, at least from Angie’s perspective,
(T)he European Arrest Warrant (EAW) was created in 2002, as a fast-track system for extraditing people from one EU country to another. It was rushed in as part of Europe’s response to the terrorist threat, and was meant to help tackle serious cross-border crime more effectively.
The new system has done away with the traditional barriers to extradition. It is based on the principle of ‘mutual recognition’ – if one country demands a person’s extradition, others must recognise that decision without asking too many questions. (from The Law Society Gazette)
So really, if the UK government decides that Angie really ought to come home (assuming she still has UK citizenship), she’s pretty much screwed.
Why are we raising this now?
Well, according to Angie’s latest Facebook post, she seems to be in Mácher, on the island of Lanzarote:
Has she finally had enough of being hounded by the Gardai and/or Revenue over her recent creative bookkeeping practices in regards her infamous Kenya Project?
Or is she simply claiming to be in Lanzarote to throw the coppers off her trail?
Neither option would surprise us much, but whether she’s really there right now or not, Angie should probably be aware that the Costa del Crime is a thing of the distant past. There really is nowhere to run now.