Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Campaign response - Extradition

Thank you to constituents who have contacted me to express their concerns about recent media reports that two British men have been extradited to the US to face charges.

I agree with them on the importance of holding those who are responsible for the murder of Harry Dunn to account and will continue to speak up for justice to be done in the case.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”, wrote the Revd Martin Luther King Jr. Just as we in the UK are keen to see foreign fugitives who have committed serious crimes in this country to be returned to our country, we should expect to see the same level of eagerness from US citizens to see foreign nationals who have committed serious crimes returned to their country to face the consequences of their actions.

I fully understand how strongly constituents feel about seeking justice for Harry Dunn and this is certainly a case that has certainly raised important questions about our historic and special relationship with the US. I and many colleagues across the benches will continue to press ministers for further action and representations to their US counterparts. But in returning fugitives to the country where they have committed their offences to face the legal consequences, we are demonstrating to our American partners that we are doing the right thing and honouring our end of the agreement with them, and that it is up to them now to review their latest decision and ensure that those who are culpable for the murder of Harry Dunn are brought to justice before a British court.