I would very much like to show my concern over the current extradition laws, especially with respect to the current state of affairs with the US.
Current legislation appears to give a very lopsided difference between the requirements of the UK versus the US in the conditions that are required in order for extradition to take place.
Whilst I realise that this is due to differences between UK and US laws, I would still expect UK citizens to be protected by UK laws at all times.
In abolishing the need for evidence when extraditing to most countries in the world, this has removed the safety net once afforded to UK citizens in that they will always obtain a 'fair trial'.
How is it that the US because of it's Constitution has a provision that any country requesting the extradition of a persons or people must have evidence of the crime committed by the person being extradited? All other European and Commonwealth countries signed up to a similar treaty did so on the understanding that we all played by the same rule book.
For the UK to extradite someone from the US they only need establish ‘probable cause’ of which the US constitution’s fourth amendment has defined as “information sufficient to warrant a prudent person’s belief that the wanted individual had committed a crime”
Many thanks for allowing me the opportunity to
express my views on this matter and I look forward to following the outcome of
Lastly, I would like to add that Home Secretary needs to clearly state that Gary McKinnon will not be extradited to the USA until this "Review" has been completed any changes passed in to Law by the UK Government.
The family of Gary McKinnon are being subjected to pressures and events tantamount to torture in not knowing the fate that is to be bestowed upon Gary. This must be addressed immediately!
Posted by Chris Wright at November 10, 2010 5:04 AM
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