The Telegraph on May 1, 2012 released the following:
“Not one US citizen has been extradited to Britain as a result of crimes said to have been committed in America since a controversial transatlantic treaty came into force, it has been disclosed.
By John-Paul Ford Rojas
Critics say it demonstrates the “lopsided” nature of the arrangement since Britions have been subject to US extradition orders as a result of their alleged actions in the UK.
The Home Office made the disclosure under Freedom of Information laws earlier this month.
It said: “From the information available, between January 2004 and 30 March 2012, there have been seven known US citizens extradited from the US to the UK.
“Of those seven, none have been identified as crimes which were committed whilst the person was in the US.”
Dominic Raab, Conservative MP for Esher and Walton, said: “This is more damning evidence of the lop-sided effect of out extradition arrangements with the US.
“Gary McKinnon, Christopher Tappin and Richard O’Dwyer are all subject to US extradition orders based on their actions in Britain.
“Yet, no American has ever been extradited for alleged offences committed on US soil. It smacks of double standards, and strengthens the case for extradition reform.”
Mr McKinnon has been fighting extradition over computer hacking charges for ten years while Mr Tappin was sent to the US earlier this year for alleged arms dealing. Mr O’Dwyer, a student, faces extradition for running a pirate film and TV website.
A US embassy spokeswoman said: “The US has never refused an extradition request from the UK for any type of crime under this treaty.
“The UK has refused 7 requests from the US. The facts clearly show that the treaty is fair and in no way lopsided.””
Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
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