Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Double standards of U.S. over Mckinnon extradition as it emerges no U.S. citizens were brought to Britain for a crime committed on their home soil

Not a single U.S. citizen has been extradited to Britain for a crime committed on their home soil, it was revealed last night.

MPs said it was proof of ‘double standards’ by the American government in the case of Asperger’s sufferer Gary McKinnon.

Mr McKinnon, who is supported by the Mail’s Affront to British Justice campaign, hacked into U.S. military computers from the bedroom of his North London flat while looking for evidence of ‘little green men’.

There are at least two other comparable current cases involving UK citizens.

The lack of parallel cases of U.S. citizens being extradited to Britain emerged in a Home Office response to a Freedom of Information request.

Officials revealed that, between January 2004 and March 30, 2012, there have been seven known extraditions of U.S. citizens to the UK.

None of these has been identified as concerning crimes committed while the person was in the US.

MPs want a so-called forum bar to be introduced in this country, which would stop a Briton being extradited for a crime which took place in the UK.

Last night, Gary’s mother Janis Sharp said: ‘No U.S. citizens have been extradited to the UK for any crime committed while the accused was on U.S. soil. So why does the US target British citizens when they themselves have “forum”?’

MPs said the revelations made the case for reforming our biased extradition laws – currently the subject of a Government review – even stronger. Read More