The Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, has given his reaction to an agreement which means a Sheffield student will avoid having to be extradited to the US to face allegations that he broke copyright laws.
Richard O'Dwyer set up a website which let people watch TV programmes and films for free.
I welcome the agreement which means Richard O’Dwyer will not be extradited to the US. However, Richard should not have had to go directly to the US to negotiate. Ministers should use their discretion to prevent extradition in cases which are patently unjust.
The US extradition treaty was not negotiated on a level playing field and remains unbalanced. As the Home Affairs Committee recommended in March, we need to amend the treaty and introduce an evidence test. I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the tireless work of Julia, Richard’s mother.
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