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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Read
This is a compelling read. Throughout David captures the unfolding of a sequence of events that ultimately led to the NatWest Three's incarceration in a US jail. It is most worrying for any UK citizen to see how with no evidence, the US can extradite any UK citizen where they will be unable to get a fair trial and will be locked up.

The really scary thing is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but complex
If you are a banker, accountant or follow the stocks and shares then this is for you......I am none of these and therefore have struggled with the complexity of all the ins and outs of the financial wranglings, wheelings and dealings, what's legal and what's not. I read Gary Mulgrew's book and was expecting a similar take but this completely different. This, I would...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Read, 2 April 2012
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This is a compelling read. Throughout David captures the unfolding of a sequence of events that ultimately led to the NatWest Three's incarceration in a US jail. It is most worrying for any UK citizen to see how with no evidence, the US can extradite any UK citizen where they will be unable to get a fair trial and will be locked up.

The really scary thing is how the Blair's legal and political system at best stood by and watched this happen and at worst was complicit in its activities in the interests of the "Special Relationship". If you think we live in a fair democratic country with basic citizen protections think again. If Uncle Sam comes calling don't expect any help from HMG - Blair style.

Capone would have been proud of the working over given to the SFO, FSA and Fred's RBS by the DOJ. Bully boy tactics resulting in lies and deceit from some of our own institutions and legal establishments.

I was at various times seething and aghast at the iniquity of the situation. I know this is one side of the story but given we will never hear the other side, it remains a documentary piece of evidence of the miscarriage of justice that took place. The private opinions of the supposed villains in the piece Laws, Ouseley, Scotland, Wardle in the UK, Werlein and DOJ prosecutors in the US will never see the light of day.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, 1 April 2012
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I really enjoyed this....couldn't put it down - it doesn't sensationalise what is clearly a very serious and complex subject, but it grips you to the end and leaves you frustrated at what seems to be a totally unfair system. Clearly it only one side of the story, but even if only a tenth is true, it is enough to make you sit up and think. Politics no doubt can be complex and ideals cannot always be achieved, but it seems shameful how may people have so little backbone, and credit should be given to those who stuck, and are sticking, their neck out on this and other matters to make things right.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to the truth, 17 May 2012
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Anyone who professes the least concern for our civil liberties should read this book, and then contact their M.P to express their abhorrence of this outrageous extradition law. This book sets out, magnificently, what happens to British citizens who find themselves being investigated by the U.S authorities for putative criminal offences. Thanks to a spineless decision by Tony Blair (who else), the British legal authorities will allow our citiens to be extradited to the US to stand trial for offences which do not even exist in this country. This is what happened to David Bermingham, and his colleagues who became known as the Nat West Three, and this book sets out, in chilling detail, how they were first manipulated by a cynical American crook, and who were then entrapped in a tale of legal chicanery, double standards and downright dishonesty, which was supposed to masquerade as US criminal justice. A Price to Pay: The Inside Story of the NatWest Three
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Right Riveting Read, 5 April 2012
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A thorough and comprehensive explanation of the uk/us extradition treaty in all it's horror within a real context and a with combatant's inside view of the real life consequences. The legal detail is all there and along side that are the human stories; the family impacts and personal thought processes; and reactions from those in authority. Highly recommended but not one for the faint-hearted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and chilling, 24 May 2012
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I should first declare a personal interest, in that I consider David, and indeed each of the Natest Three, to be good friends.

It is not an easy topic, as both the underlying commercial transactions and the law are complex, but this should not put you off as David writes with clarity, pace and humour, carefully taking the reader through the issues and outcomes. He uses humility and rage in equal proportions.

This is a badly crafted, and unbalanced treaty which, despite whatever re-assurances Minsters have, and continue to peddle, leaves UK citizens at the mercy of judicial systems which on this side of the pond have been largely castrated, and over the other side places foreign nationals at a massive disadvantage.

Whatever your preconceptions or prejudices about this particular case and these individuals, I would strongly recommend that you read this book if only to comprehend the great injustice which our Government is permitting to be visited generally upon its own citizens. The 'Natwest Three' case has run its course, but the US continues to interpret and apply its jurisdiction in the widest terms, regularly lifting UK citizens to the United States without the lodgement of even the most basic of supporting evidence.

A key reason for writing this book was to highlight these dangerous flaws and to maintain the momentum for changing the terms.

Read this book - get angry - and lobby your MP
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5.0 out of 5 stars What number State are we anyway ?, 7 May 2012
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It's all a bit annoying really. You start off with a good healthy prejudice and a willingness to lob the first half a house brick when suddenly you are presented with a different picture.
After a bit the story becomes less about greedy bankers and more about law and government. Worse it presents a lot of questions and no satisfactory explanations. Why would anybody in their right mind sign up to a nonreciprocal extradition agreement of the type still in force ? Exactly whose interests are our government representing ? Is law meant to judge the difference between guilt and innocence or is it about something entirely different ?
This book is worth reading for the questions it poses. If you don't find it scary I would suggest that you should.

John Huggins
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5.0 out of 5 stars Natwest 3, 1 May 2012
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A Price to Pay: The Inside Story of the NatWest ThreeHaving read Gary Muldrew's book first David Bermingham's book filled in all the missing detail as to the collapse of Enron. What an excellent read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but complex, 29 Mar 2013
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If you are a banker, accountant or follow the stocks and shares then this is for you......I am none of these and therefore have struggled with the complexity of all the ins and outs of the financial wranglings, wheelings and dealings, what's legal and what's not. I read Gary Mulgrew's book and was expecting a similar take but this completely different. This, I would suggest, us not for the layperson but an 'insider' in the industry and if you are in that category then you are in for a feast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing read, 13 Sep 2012
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Recently finished reading this book. Regardless of the objectivity with which the actual events of this case are described by David Bermingham it is clear that the law on extradition needs to be urgently amended. David makes a compeliing case for change with his description of the process which is essentially stacked against any individual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read., 13 Jun 2012
RECOMMEND WE ALL TAKE OUT IRISH CITIZENSHIP. THEIR GOVERNMENT LOOK AFTER THEIR CITIZENS.
This book is a compelling read and should be sent to all MP's to read during the summer recess.
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