The Tories have pledged to halt the extradition of Gary McKinnon, an autism sufferer accused of hacking into the US military’s computer systems, if they form a government.
A David Cameron administration would challenge the terms of an agreement between the British and the US governments used to charge McKinnon in America.
The Conservatives believe the extradition treaty, intended to catch terror suspects, is being misapplied. Their position is supported by Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader.
An unjust agreement which has been slavishly misapplied. I hadn't realised this shameful action was also underway:
A review of Britain’s extradition rules would be welcomed by a woman whom [Home Secretary Alan] Johnson agreed could be extradited to the US on charges of “abducting” her daughter.
Liz Prosser, 59, who now lives in Wales, gave birth to her daughter Tamara in America. She fled the country with her 12 years ago after being told her visa would not be renewed and she must leave Tamara behind with her father, from whom Prosser had parted. She is battling against extradition.
Let's hope this pledge is an indication that a ConLib Government would put into action what the parties have said about the importance of civil liberties.