Re: Team America: World Police
People have the right to be assumed innocent unless/until proven guilty. He hasn't been found guilty in court, so he has the right to be assumed innocent. (Yes, I know he confessed, so he *will* be found guilty, but it hasn't happened yet). Additionally, prison is not just about punishing people, part of the goal is supposed to be to rehabilitate people so after they serve their sentence they can be functional law-abiding members of society.
If he was tried in the UK, he would be on bail until his trial, and he would be able to live a mostly-normal life, in his existing home, keeping working, with family & friends & NHS care from his existing medical professionals. He would probably qualify for legal aid to pay for a solicitor to represent him in court. He would then go to a UK prison, where his family & friends could visit him, and where calls to family & friends would be easier due to being in the same time zone. He would get NHS treatment in prison, which will probably be with different healthcare professionals, but should be comparable. At the end of his sentence, he would be released on parole and could go home and start to put his life back together.
When he is extradited to the US, he will either be held in prison before his trial, or he will have to foot the bill for a bail bond, his own accommodation, his own health insurance, and his own living expenses, while being unable to work (no work visa) and having to continue to pay for his house in the UK. He will be unable to visit most family & friends, if they do want to visit they will have to pay the airfare to visit the US. He will only be able to get either US prison medical care, or whatever medical care he can pay for at US prices; either way he will be dealing with new medical professionals. He would have to either pay for his own lawyer, or accept the public defender that is allocated to him. He would then go to a US prison, where his family & friends could not visit him without spending a lot of time and money flying there, and where phone calls to family & friends would be harder due to being in a different time zone. At the end of his sentence, he might be released on parole, but couldn't go home or work, so not sure how he'd do that.
There doesn't seem to be any real reason he has to be extradited. He committed a crime that can be punished under UK law. There's no problem with evidence, since he confessed. Heck, due to COVID, the witnesses may be giving evidence over video link anyway, so witnesses should be able to testify in a UK trial from the US.