BRUSSELS, July 23 (UPI) -- The European Union's fast-track extradition and arrest warrant policy continues to land innocent people in foreign prisons, a new report indicates.
The annual report by Eurojust, the EU's judicial cooperation agency, says more than 250 cases dealing with disputes were brought by member states in 2009, the EUobserver reported Friday.
Fast-track extradition permits suspects to be sent from one EU country to another within 45 days if prosecutors have reason to believe the suspect has committed a serious cross-border crime.
London-based Fair Trials International said several case studies show that people extradited to another country often do not understand the proceedings or the charges brought against them.
"Although the European arrest warrant was intended to deliver justice, the current system is, in practice, resulting in serious injustice," Catherine Heard of Fair Trials said.
A British national extradited to Hungary on an arrest warrant spent four months in jail before he was returned to the U.K. while the investigation continues, the EUobserver said. Formal charges have not been filed in the case.