US lawyer hits out at Britain's 'ridiculous' decision to harbour paedophile
James Backstrom, Dakota County Attorney, said it was "ridiculous" for Britain to allow Shawn Sullivan to remain in the UK by going against an extradition agreement between the two nations.
Sullivan, 43, has been wanted in the US since 1994 on suspicion of molesting two 11-year-old girls and having unlawful sex with a 14-year-old girl in Minnesota.
Lord Justice Moses and Mr Justice Eady rejected a plea to return Sullivan to the States on the grounds that the use of a treatment programme known as "civil commitment" would be a "flagrant denial" of his rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.
In the meantime, Britons Gary McKinnon and Richard O'Dwyer are fighting attempts to have them extradited to the US to face allegations of computer hacking.
| Oughtn't we send them the rest of our paedophiles, then, as a prophylactic measure to protect their European rights?|
Mr Backstrom claimed the decision not to extradite Sullivan could mean the alleged victims may never get justice.
"I am frustrated and disappointed with the decision," he said. "We are great allies with Britain but they are refusing to honour our extradition agreement and that is very disappointing.
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