Reacting to the news that a Lib Dem Cllr suggested an alleged Tyneside sex attack victim was too ugly to be targeted, Jonathan Arnott MEP said:
“There is much about this case that is deeply disturbing. For an elected councillor to describe a woman as ‘too ugly’ to be raped is deeply disturbing and distressing. Frankly, comments like that have no place in politics. He has resigned from the Lib Dems; he should resign from the Council altogether.
“I can’t comment on suggestions by Italian police that she might have ‘made it up’ because I’m not in possession of the full facts of the case. But this shows the danger of the European Arrest Warrant: thanks to Cameron signing back up to it, British citizens can still be extradited to face trial abroad without a British court having reviewed the evidence. In such cases there is a serious risk of miscarriage of justice because we’ve given up the right to protect our own people.”