U.K. extradition case instructive for Canada

Britain’s high court has made a well-considered decision in refusing to allow the extradition of an Englishman with mental health issues to face computer hacking charges in the United States, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb.

“This case is an example of the appellate court in the United Kingdom giving serious and careful consideration to the issues raised, and ultimately, coming to the right and humane decision,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com.

Webb, founder and principal of Melanie J. Webb Barrister, points to the decision in which the High Court of Justice overturned a lower court decision allowing the U.K. government to extradite the 34-year-old to face trial in the U.S. on charges of launching cyberattacks on American public and private-sector computer networks.