The UK Home Secretary Theresa May has in recent weeks signed away the rights of more than one UK citizen. When the US requests extradition of a UK citizen May it seems willingly obliges. It may seem a two way street but it is far from that. UK citizens are not afforded the same legal safeguards as US citizens.
TEK reported on the case of Christopher Tappin a retired UK businessman who was extradited to the US after a long battle to stay in the UK. His case is ongoing. Yesterday May signed an extradition order regarding 23-year-old Richard O'Dwyer. He will now face charges in the US related to file sharing and his TV Shack website.
As Reuters reported, "Campaigners argue O'Dwyer's is the latest in a series of cases that demonstrate Britain's extradition rules with the United States are lopsided, allowing suspects to be extradited without criminal charges from British authorities". Once again the UK is letting its citizens down and surrendering to US bullying.
Perhaps however there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. According to the BBC David Cameron has raised the matter of this extradition treaty with President Obama during the current US visit. They have reported that David Cameron "wants to review how extradition arrangements are working between the UK and US in the light of recent controversial cases"
About time is all this blogger can say.. Remember though debating an issue is no guarantee that a change will occur. If you feel strongly on the issue of the 2003 extradition treaty please sign the petition.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog