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Extradition deal with US considered

Extradition deal with US considered

Concerns that extradition arrangements with the US are biased against Britain will be investigated during a Government review into the system.

Home Secretary Theresa May said the review, which follows the high-profile case of Gary McKinnon – the alleged hacker wanted by US authorities, will focus on several issues.

These include the extent of the secretary of state's discretion in such cases and whether extradition requests should provide prima facie evidence.

The review will also consider the operation of the European Arrest Warrant and how its safeguards work in connection with UK law.

Ms May said: "I am fully aware there are a number of areas of the UK's extradition arrangements which have attracted controversy in recent years.This Government is committed to reviewing those arrangements to ensure they work both efficiently and in the interests of justice."

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