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 Facing extradition: Liz Prosser with her daughter Tamara, who is now 18

Facing extradition: Liz Prosser with her daughter Tamara, who is now 18

Desperately ill mother to be extradited for ‘abducting’ her daughter in U.S.

By James Slack and Michael Seamark
Last updated at 10:09 AM on 23rd April 2010

Alan Johnson is allowing a gravely ill woman to be extradited to the U.S. on 12-year- old charges of ‘abducting’ her daughter.

The Home Secretary says Liz Prosser can face trial in America despite fears the bedbound 59-year-old could kill herself.

The case has chilling similarities to that of Gary McKinnon – the Asperger’s sufferer who is fighting removal on hacking charges, and who is also considered a suicide risk.

Mrs Prosser, who now lives in Wales, moved to the U.S. in 1990 and had a daughter, Tamara.

But 12 years ago she fled the country with Tamara, who was then aged six, to avoid them being separated.

Mrs Prosser had been told her visa would not be renewed and that she must leave Tamara behind with her father, with whom Mrs Prosser was no longer in a relationship.

After fleeing the U.S., Mrs Prosser moved to Scotland with Tamara.

But eight months later, the U.S authorities caught up with them and returned Tamara to America, where she has been living since with her father.

Mrs Prosser was was told she would be charged with kidnapping and extradited.

She spent six months on remand in Holloway prison in London and has been on bail since her release.

Since then, she has been fighting extradition. A previous attempt to remove her in 2005 was refused.

She also denies a second charge of obtaining money by deception, relating to time she spent working for a U.S. magazine.

Since the abduction, Mrs Prosser’s health has seriously deteriorated. Her illnesses include Crohn’s disease, acute fibromyalgia (a condition that causes fatigue and muscle pain), epilepsy and depression.

She can barely travel short distances, requires chemotherapy once a week to alleviate the Crohn’s symptoms, and is unable to sit up for more than ten minutes at a time.

Her lawyers argued at the High Court that a combination of severe physical and psychiatric illnesses meant extradition would cause her ‘extreme pain’ and put her at high risk of suicide.

Read in Full:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1268108/Home-Secretary-Alan-Johnson-accused-second-Briton-facing-extradition-U-S.html?ITO=1490



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