RBS analyst suffers 'inhuman' ordeal

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Last December, Trent Martin, an Australian who had worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland as a research analyst, was arrested in Hong Kong on US insider-trading charges and agreed to be extradited to New York.

The Financial Times reports that the process took three months – during which time Martin, 34, was shackled in handcuffs, held in solitary confinement and placed in a psychiatric prison, according to a letter sent by his lawyer, Larry Krantz, to a US judge.

Krantz has alleged his client was subjected to an 'an inhuman ordeal', and other lawyers say the case raises questions about the rights of extradited suspects at a time when US authorities are growing increasingly aggressive in hunting down alleged wrongdoers in other countries.

Martin’s case marked the first time in a decade that the US had sought the extradition of an insider trading suspect. This pursuit was all the more remarkable because Martin was only accused of making $8,000 from the alleged scheme.

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