Dominic Raab demanded tougher rules to protect those accused of crimes in the U.S. and EU from extradition without substantial evidence.
The MP for Esher and Walton, told a debate in Parliament that the current arrangements make it too easy for authorities in the US and in EU countries to demand British citizens are extradited to face trial.
He spoke out after the Mail campaigned over the plight of Asperger’s sufferer Gary McKinnon, who is fighting extradition to the U.S. after allegedly hacking into Pentagon computers while searching for ‘little green men’.
If convicted by a US court he could face years in prison and medical experts fear he could kill himself if sent to the US to face trial.
Tory MPs are furious that an independent review by Sir Scott Baker concluded that the current extradition arrangements do not need to change.
The Baker review said that the Extradition Act was not lopsided in favour of the U.S. – despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.
America requires ‘sufficient evidence to establish probable cause’ before agreeing to extradite anyone here, while Britons going in the opposite direction don’t get the same protection.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has already undermined Baker’s conclusions by asking former Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell to carry out a second inquiry of his own.
Mr Raab said: ‘Lawyers can bicker about whether there is a substantive discrepancy between the requirement for the US to satisfy the ‘reasonable suspicion’ test compared to the requirement that the UK show ‘probable cause’.
‘But, the fact is that, since 2004, 24 Britons have been extradited to the US under the new arrangements and just one American to Britain. The arrangements have been practically all one way.
‘The main problem is the absence of any discretion that allows the UK to decline extradition in cross-border cases having taken into account the interests of justice. That is the problem presented in the case of Gary McKinnon.’
Mr Raab condemned the ‘the injustice in dispatching a young man with Aspergers hundreds of miles from home on allegations of computer hacking into highly classified computers — someone who far from trying to take down the US national security apparatus was apparently searching for UFOs.’
He dscribed Mr McKinnon as ‘more misfit, than terrorist — he shouldn’t be equated with some high level Al-Qaeda suspect’.
He was backed up by fellow Tory Nick de Bois, who said: ‘The Review fails to recognise the human reality and impact of our unbalanced and unfair extradition arrangements.’