The Author

David BerminghamHaving studied law at Bristol University, David Bermingham spent five years as an officer in the Royal Artillery before becoming a banker in 1989. His successful City career came to an abrupt end in 2002 when the US Government accused him and two colleagues of stealing $7 million from their employer, NatWest, in a deal involving the bankrupt US energy giant Enron. That episode, which is the subject of A Price to Pay, would culminate in his extradition to Texas, and ultimately a spell in ten different prisons on two continents before his eventual release from custody in early 2010. 

Since 2010, David has been an ardent campaigner for change to the UK’s extradition laws, and has given evidence to two separate Parliamentary Committees on the subject.  He continues to give help and guidance to others going through the same nightmare of extradition that he and his two colleagues did, and advice on the best way to limit the damage after extradition, including in repatriation from overseas prisons....


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The Book

A Price To Pay - jacketA Price to Pay tells the true story of how three British bankers were extradited to the US on charges of defrauding their bank in London, a bank that had never accused them of wrongdoing. It is a harrowing and cautionary tale on the nightmares of the US criminal justice system and a scathing indictment of the UK’s rotten extradition laws. It is a clarion call for law change, and a rebalancing of our unequal relationship with our closest ally, the United States of America.

All of the author’s profits from the book will be donated to Liberty and Fair Trials International, in recognition of their continuing fight for change to the UK’s extradition laws.

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In Praise of the Book

“Chilling... A must read.” Shami Chakrabarti – Director, Liberty

“An absolute must read - first class" Janis Sharp – Mother of Gary McKinnon

“Compulsory reading for all budding CEO’s - it will shock any businessman operating in the USA.” David Carruthers – (Former) CEO BETonSPORTS plc.

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  • Liberty - Protecting civil liberties, promoting human rights
  • Fair Trials International - Human rights charity that helps people arrested far from home to fight for justice and defend their right to a fair trial. Also campaigns for effective human rights protection in the criminal justice context
  • Friends Extradited - Aims to provide you with a dispassionate look at the history of the US/UK Extradition Treaty 2003, the still pressing need for amendment and the Government's response to calls for change
  • Free Gary McKinnon - website supporting British citizen Gary McKinnon, who is facing "fast track" extradition to the USA after over nine years since his initial arrest
  • Free Babar Ahmad - 38 year old British Muslim, the longest detained-without-charge Briton held as part of the 'war on terror'. In December 2003 Babar was arrested at his London home under anti-terror legislation. By the time he reached the police station Babar had sustained at least 73 forensically recorded injuries. He continues to fight extradition to the US

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