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Cameron wants to rewrite extradition rules

Discussing treaty with President Obama
Thu Mar 15 2012, 11:16

UK PRIME MINISTER David Cameron will use some of his holiday time with President Obama to discuss the lopsided extradition treaty between the two countries.

At present, because the US government says so, our government takes an "okay, whatever you say" stance on whether it is right to extradite one of its citizens, and the spectre of prison time is hanging over the heads of Gary McKinnon and Richard O'Dwyer.

The Guardian reports that Cameron has already brought up the point that the UK is not happy wagging whenever the US barks.

"I raised this issue with President Obama today. We had a good discussion. We will be following this up with further talks between our teams. We have carried out an independent review of the treaty which found that it was balanced," he said.

"But I recognise there are concerns about how it is implemented in practice and that is what our teams will look at."

Concerns is an understatement, panic would be a better term. When Richard O'Dwyer's extradition was approved Gary McKinnon's mother told The INQUIRER that a bad precedent is being set. "No one is safe," she said.

Today, on hearing the news of talks, she commented on Twitter that she is "feeling positive and quite hopeful :-)". µ

 

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