Nick Clegg has ordered a fresh review of the lopsided extradition treaty between the US and UK after rejecting an official study that concluded it was fair.
The deputy prime minister has broken Government ranks to set up a Liberal Democrat review amid fears the Conservatives will not reform the controversial act.
Sir Menzies Campbell, who is a QC, is to chair a panel to examine how the arrangements could be reformed.
The treaty has been criticised as unfair by the families of Britons facing extradition, particularly Janis Sharp, the mother of Gary McKinnon, the autism sufferer wanted by US authorities to answer hacking charges.
An official review by retired judge Sir Scott Baker concluded last month that the Extradition Act was not biased despite the fact nine times as many Britons have been extradited as Americans.
Mr Clegg, who attacked the treaty in opposition, believes his conclusions were “questionable” but fears the Conservatives will accept them and not attempt to reform the act. .. read more