Extradition: USA

Home Department written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of John Gummer John Gummer Conservative, Suffolk Coastal

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been extradited from the UK to the US to face charges for activities which would not be a criminal matter in the UK in the last three years.

Photo of Meg Hillier Meg Hillier Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Identity)

None. The 2003 UK-US extradition treaty stipulates that an offence shall be an extradition offence if the conduct on which the offence is based is punishable under the laws of both states by deprivation of liberty for a period of one year or a more severe penalty. This is reflected in our domestic law. This means no-one can be extradited from one jurisdiction to the other for conduct that is not criminalised in both countries.

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