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Gary McKinnon

Volume 712: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have received regarding the extradition of Gary McKinnon; and what assessment they have made of the fairness of their extradition arrangements with the United States. [HL5013]

Representations have been received from Mr McKinnon's solicitors, several members of the public and Members of Parliament regarding the US request for the extradition of Mr McKinnon. The representations have raised varying matters pertaining to the case.

Extradition arrangements with the United States are working well. The current treaty has ensured that a number of fugitives from justice have been brought back to the UK to face criminal proceedings on very serious charges. The treaty, along with the Extradition Act 2003, provides a fair and balanced framework in ensuring that suspected criminals are brought to justice in both jurisdictions.