Gary McKinnon (Extradition)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office – in the House of Commons at 3:34 pm on 1st December 2009.

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Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson The Secretary of State for the Home Department, Home Secretary 3:34 pm, 1st December 2009

I understand how deeply the hon. Lady feels about the issue, given her experience, but it is not my job or that of the courts-and I do not think any Member would suggest that it was-to make such quasi-judicial decisions on the basis of anything other than the law and anything other than the European declaration of human rights. It is absolutely not the case, in my view, that a decision such as this should be made on any kind of tit-for-tat basis which may or may not exist in respect of decisions that America may have made in the past.

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