Regular readers of this blog will know that I have strongly condemned an extradition treaty between the UK and the USA which has allowed British Citizens to be extradited to the USA.
I have spoken directly with Liberal Democrat ministers regarding this issue, and also with the Party President, Tim Farron.
I am delighted to today have received the following message from Deputy Prime Minister, and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg:
“In opposition, we were unequivocal: Gary McKinnon should not be extradited. I said at the time that he was too vulnerable to be uprooted from his friends and family and sent across the Atlantic, and if there was a case to answer it should be here in the UK.
“So today I am absolutely delighted by the Home Secretary’s decision to withdraw his extradition order.
“I want to congratulate Gary and his mother Janis on their deserved victory. They have campaigned tirelessly and I pay tribute to their strength and determination.
“But there was another significant moment as well: the Coalition Government has announced that we will seek to amend the US-UK extradition process to make it fairer in future.
“We’re adding a so-called “forum bar” which will mean that British courts can decide to block a request for extradition if it is in the interests of justice to try the case here. This will increase the overall transparency of our extradition arrangements and will better balance the safeguards for defendants.
“We will let you know more detail in due course on this announcement because today is about Gary. Today is a day for celebrating.”
Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister