The USA asks for a dozen or so defendants to be sent over from Britain to face trial every year, and it nearly always gets its man. When the “flash crash” trader Navinder Sarao appears in a London court for an extradition hearing on Friday, he does so with the odds against him.
The UK courts agreed to 120 requests from the US in the first eight years after the law was changed to make it easier to extradite, and refused just 10.
“Almost as sure as night follows day, unless there’s going to be some really compelling evidence, he will be extradited to the US,”
said Andrew Oldland QC, a barrister who used to prosecute cases for the Serious Fraud Office.