Govt to review US extradition treaty

Summary:The UK government is to review the extradition treaty between the UK and the US in the light of cases like Gary McKinnon's, home secretary Theresa May has announced.A panel of experts will be appointed to report by the end of next summer whether the treaty is unbalanced, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.

The UK government is to review the extradition treaty between the UK and the US in the light of cases like Gary McKinnon's, home secretary Theresa May has announced.

A panel of experts will be appointed to report by the end of next summer whether the treaty is unbalanced, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.

Critics of the treaty say that the burden of proof is lighter when the US extradites people from the UK. Gary McKinnon stands accused by US prosecutors of "the biggest military hack of all time", but the US has not been required to present any prima facie evidence of hacking or damage during McKinnon's extradition proceedings.

Topics: Security

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