Boris Johnson denies ‘lop-sided’ treaty has stopped UK extraditing Ann Sacoolas
Boris Johnson has admitted Britain’s extradition arrangements with the US are ‘lop-sided.'
But he denied it had anything to do with the failure to bring Harry Dunn’s alleged killer to face justice in the UK.
During Prime Minister’s Questions, Jeremy Corbyn said the UK has a "one-sided" extradition treaty with the US, adding: "This lopsided treaty means the US can request extradition in circumstances that Britain cannot.
"While the US continues to deny justice to Harry Dunn, will the Prime Minister commit today to seek an equal and balanced extradition relationship with the United States?"
Mr Johnson replied: "To be frank, I think (Mr Corbyn) has a point in his characterisation of our extradition arrangements with the United States and I do think there are elements of that relationship that are imbalanced. I certainly think it is worth looking at.
"But it is totally different from the case of Harry Dunn and Anne Sacoolas and we continue to seek the extradition of Anne Sacoolas to face justice in this country."
Earlier the Foreign Office said there were “no plans” for a public inquiry, despite claims Mrs Sacoolas had worked as a CIA spy.
Mrs Sacoolas, 42, the wife of a US intelligence official based at RAF Croughton, was granted diplomatic immunity following the crash and was able to return to her home country, sparking an international controversy.
Mr Corbyn demanded to know whether Mrs Sacoolas was “being shielded from justice because she's a former CIA officer?"
Mr Johnson said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and himself, plus others in government, have "tirelessly" sought the extradition of Ms Sacoolas, adding: "We will continue to do so."
Mr Corbyn said it was widely reported that Ms Sacoolas "is in fact a CIA operative", adding: "Now we know the Foreign Secretary misled the Dunn family, who are being denied justice by the US government, will the Prime Minister commit to his removal from office tomorrow in his reshuffle?"
The PM replied: "The Foreign Office has been told Anne Sacoolas was notified to the UK Government as a spouse with no official role.
"We will continue without fear or favour to seek justice for Harry Dunn and his family and continue to seek the extradition of Anne Sacoolas from the United States."
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