UFO hacker extradition treaty ‘lopsided’ says MP
16:00 30 June 2012
A TREATY between the US and UK, under which UFO hacker Gary McKinnon could be sent to the US, removes seven Britons for every one American sent here.
That is the claim made by Tory MP Dominic Raab just weeks ahead of a decision on whether Mr McKinnon, whose mother Janis Sharp lives in Brookmans Park, will be extradited to face hacking charges.
Mr Raab said: “When critics point to the lopsided nature of the relationship, they are right.
“In the last six months, Britain extradited more of its nationals under the treaty than America has since 2004.
“Overall, we surrender our nationals at a rate of seven for every one American extradited here.”
Ms Sharp told the WHT: “That’s true.
“The US has five times the population we do so they should have extradited five times as many people.
But their constitution protects them but who protects us – no one.”
She said it was impossible for the UK to extradite US nationals who had allegedly committed crimes in the US, but UK citizens, like Mr McKinnon, who stood accused of committing offences in the UK, were afforded no such protection.
Ms Sharp said she expected a decision on her son’s case would be made by Home Secretary Theresa May “within two weeks”.
Mr Raab said the treaty suffered two fundamental flaws.
GFirstly that US judges deciding on extradition to Britain had to weigh up evidence as a constitutional safeguard, and no such check exits here.
Secondly he said “Gary McKinnon, Christopher Tappin and Richard O’Dwyer are all cross-border cases, where the allegedly unlawful conduct took place in Britain.
“Yet, no American has even been extradited to the UK for things done on US soil.”