Boris Johnson rises quarrel with Donald Trump after call for revision of ‘unbalanced’ UK-US extradition treaty amid transatlantic quarrel about the death of Harry Dunn
- Jeremy Corbyn said that the UK extradition arrangements with the US are ‘crooked’
- Boris Johnson agreed and said that parts of the “unbalanced” treaty should be revised
- But the prime minister insisted that the treaty had nothing to do with the case of Harry Dunn
Boris Johnson risked a big queue with Donald Trump today after claiming that the UK extradition arrangements with the US are “unbalanced” and suggested that they should be reviewed.
But the prime minister insisted that his treaty problems had nothing to do with a growing transatlantic clash over British demands for the extradition of the murdered murderer of Harry Dunn, Anne Sacoolas.
The issue of extradition was raised by Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Commons during the Prime Minister’s questions.
The Labor leader claimed that the UK extradition treaty with the US was “crooked” and formed a barrier to bringing Sacoolas back to Britain.
Johnson agreed with Mr. Corbyn that elements of the arrangements favor the US, but stressed that this had no impact on Mr. Dunn’s case.
Boris Johnson said today that he believed that parts of the UK extradition arrangements with the US should be reviewed
Johnson said the current arrangements with the US were “unbalanced,” but rejected Jeremy Corbyn’s suggestion that the issue was related to the Harry Dunn case.
Corbyn said to the Commons: “This morning Charlotte Charles, Harry’s mother, said,” We thought we had bridged the gap with the government, but they weren’t honest with us. ”
“This is just the last case of our country’s unilateral extradition treaty with the US.
“This crooked treaty means that the US can request extradition in circumstances that Britain cannot.
“While the US justice system continues to deny Harry Dunn, will the prime minister today work for an equal and balanced rendition relationship with the United States?”
Johnson replied: “Frankly, I think you have a point in your characterization of our rendition arrangements with the United States and I think that there are elements in that relationship that are out of balance and I certainly think it’s worth it to look.
“But it is totally different than in the case of Harry Dunn and Anne Sacoolas and we keep looking for the extradition of Anne Sacoolas to get justice in this country.”
Corbyn said that Mr. Dunn’s case “had everything to do with” the current extradition arrangements because the US refuses to extradite Sacoolas “because of this crooked treaty.”
The UK and the US have long had a bilateral extradition relationship with the current rules formally agreed by the Tony Blair government in a treaty signed in 2003.
Harry Dunn, 19, was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a car outside an American military base in the UK last August.
Nineteen-year-old Mr Dunn was killed when his motorcycle crashed into a car on August 27 last year outside an American military base in Northamptonshire.
Mrs. Sacoolas (42), the wife of an American intelligence officer in RAF Croughton, received diplomatic immunity after the crash and was able to return to her home country, which led to an international controversy.
She was accused of causing Mr Dunn’s death by dangerous driving in December.
But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected an extradition request from the UK for her last month.
It has been claimed in recent days that Mrs. Sacoolas had worked as a spy for the CIA.