He threatened to commit suicide if he went to an American Jail. That had more to do with the stay of extradition. Because he made the threat, the authorities are now responsible for keeping him alive. His mother stated that his suicide was certain, which contravenes the extradition act. If he does go to America, and he does take his life (as if) then they would be responsible, and are not allowed to take that gamble.
There was a lot more going on then just that, the home secretary could have made this decision ages ago and ended this, the reason it was held off was to get Abu Hamza and those other odd balls sent to the US, then do what the British people and this current government have wanted for a long, and that is to enact a part of the treaty whereby Briitsh Courts now decide if a British Citizens stands trial here, not a foreign government. And this has been a no-brainer for a long time, if an International drugs smuggler, people trafficker, etc are operating from a british soil, it doesn't matter where their cargo ends up, the crime is committed from these shores, so it's tried under our law and in our courts. McKinnon case was a perfect example of this too, the offence may have ended up on US soil, but it was committed here, so our courts should deal with it. Now we have a more even playing field with extradition, which is how it should have been from day one.
Edited by The Sky Scanner, 17 October 2012 - 08:30 AM.