A notorious paedophile won his appeal against extradition to the US yesterday.
Shawn Sullivan was reprieved by the same court that ruled Asperger’s sufferer Gary McKinnon should be sent to America despite evidence he may kill himself.
The 43-year-old Sullivan, who was on Interpol’s most-wanted list, is now free to walk our streets without supervision.
Warped: Notorious paedophile Shawn Sullivan, left, won his appeal against extradition to the U.S. yesterday. The same court ruled that Asperger's sufferer Gary McKinnon, right, should be sent to America despite evidence he may kill himself
Last night Gary’s mother, Janis Sharp, condemned the decision.
‘It’s a scandal this man has had his extradition refused by a British court, while my son who has been declared unfit for trial and at extreme risk of suicide by a Home Office-approved expert in assessing risk is still waiting,’ she said.
‘Ten years have passed waiting for his trauma and torment to come to an end.’
David Bermingham, who was extradited to the US as one of the NatWest Three and has since written a book on extradition titled A Price to Pay, said: ‘This case reveals at its starkest the idiocy of our extradition laws.
‘It is shocking we continue to see a string of extradition cases of ordinary British citizens who have ostensibly none of the human rights that are now being invoked for a heavyweight criminal.’
The UK cannot boot out Sullivan, who is a joint US/Irish citizen, because of his EU citizenship and his marriage to a Briton – a senior Ministry of Justice official he met in jail.