Another Parliamentary Written Answer about the current status of the Gary McKinnon extradition case:
Written answers and statements, 15 June 2010
Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Hall Green, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the request from the US Administration for the extradition of Gary McKinnon.
Nick Herbert (Minister of State, Justice; Arundel and South Downs, Conservative)
The UK's policy and practice is to give maximum assistance to all of its extradition partners in accordance with domestic law and international obligations. It expects no less in return. In Mr McKinnon's case, proceedings under the Extradition Act 2003 are now at an end, but the Government have agreed to look afresh at whether new evidence demonstrates that extradition would breach Mr McKinnon's human rights. To that end, we are considering further representations which Mr McKinnon's solicitors submitted to us on 8 June.
More generally, the Government have undertaken to review the 2003 Act and the UK-USA Extradition treaty.
Does the current anti-British hysteria, egged on by Barack Obama's government, over the 40% US owned multinational BP oil company, make it more likely that the UK government will not allow force the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the USA ?