UK lawmakers urge extradition rules reform

AP News
Posted: Dec 05, 2011 6:11 PM
UK lawmakers urge extradition rules reform

British lawmakers are urging the government to reform extradition laws to improve safeguards for Britons wanted by authorities overseas.

The House of Commons agreed without a vote that ministers should attempt to change the U.K.-U.S. extradition treaty and the European Arrest Warrant regime. Critics have long argued that those regimes are sometimes unfair and unequal, and that justice would often be better served by a trial at home.

The most high-profile extradition case was that of British hacker Gary McKinnon, who has admitted breaking into U.S. military computers. Efforts to extradite him to the U.S. have stalled over questions about his mental health and the extradition request's fairness.

Monday's parliamentary motion was not binding on the government.