The high-profile arrest of a UK futures trader throws a spotlight on the severe sentences available to the US justice department, Christopher David writes.

The news reports that a London-based futures trader, Navinder Singh Sarao, has been arrested by the British police at the request of the US authorities, to be extradited to America to face charges of market manipulation and wire fraud, brings back memories of the Natwest Three, Gary McKinnon and Christopher Tappin.

All of these people are British citizens who resisted extradition through the English courts and the media and, apart from McKinnon, were ultimately extradited to the US to face criminal prosecution for a range of criminal offences.    

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Originally published in The Law Society Gazette on April 22, 2015.

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