Britain has NEVER asked the US for an American citizen extradition to the UK
Posted by Xeno on August 7, 2012
Britain has not made a single request for a US citizen be sent to this country for a crime committed over there, it emerged last night.
Critics of Britain’s extradition treaty with the US – which is being used to send Gary McKinnon for trial – said the revelation further exposed how ‘lop-sided’ that agreement remains.
Mr McKinnon, who is the subject of the Mail’s Affront to British Justice campaign, hacked into Pentagon computers from the bedroom of his North London flat. He says he was looking for evidence of ‘little green men’.
There are at least two other comparable current cases involving UK citizens.
But a Freedom of Information request from the Home Office showed Britain has never even asked the US for a US citizen to be sent here for trial over crimes committed from their home country.
Between January 2004 and March 30, 2012, there were a total of seven known extraditions of US citizens to the UK, but none concerned crimes committed while the person was in the US.
Tory MP Dominic Raab said: ‘The fact that Britain has never even requested extradition of a US citizen for actions done on American soil highlights the lop-sided nature of the extradition relationship.
‘We have seen a string of recent cases, from Gary McKinnon to Richard O’Dwyer, where that is the sole basis of US extradition requests.
‘The case for reform is overwhelming and would both ensure justice for British citizens and remove a thorn in the side of the special relationship.’
MPs want what is known as a ‘forum bar’ to be introduced in this country, which would stop Britons being extradited for crimes committed in this country.
Last night, Gary’s mother Janis Sharp said: ‘The fact that the UK has never even asked for a US citizen to be sent here for a crime committed there just goes to show how futile it would be.
‘They do not extradite their own, they are automatically tried there if they commit a crime there.’
A report earlier this year from the Home Affairs Select Committee said the UK/US extradition treaty was ‘unbalanced’ and must be urgently reformed.
They called for suspects to be tried in the country where their crimes were allegedly committed unless there are exceptional reasons not to do so.
The MPs said they believed it was ‘easier to extradite a British citizen to the USA than vice versa’.
Under the Extradition Act, passed by Labour in 2003, US citizens have the right to a court hearing to examine the evidence against them before they can be extradited to the UK.
However, Britons wanted by the US do not get the same protection. …