VICTORY FOR GARY!
Delight as May blocks Yank extradition bid
ET hunter Gary McKinnon’s mother yesterday thanked the Home Secretary for blocking her son’s extradition – telling her she had done “the right thing”.
Janis Sharp’s thanks came after Theresa May ruled there was such a high risk of Gary topping himself life that a decision to extradite would be incompatible with his human rights.
Janis said: “Thank you Theresa May from the bottom of my heart – I knew you had the strength and courage to do the right thing.”
Gary was accused by US prosecutors of “the biggest military computer hack of all time”, but he claims he was looking for UFO evidence.
Mrs May stopped his extradition on human rights grounds after medical reports showed the 46-year-old was very likely to try to kill himself if extradited.
“After careful consideration of all of the relevant material, I have concluded that Mr McKinnon’s extradition would give rise to such a high risk of him ending his life that a decision to extradite would be incompatible with Mr McKinnon’s human rights. I have therefore withdrawn the extradition order against Mr McKinnon.
“It will now be for the director of public prosecutions to decide whether Mr McKinnon has a case to answer in a UK court.”
Mr McKinnon’s MP David Burrowes said: “Today is a victory for compassion, and pre-election promises being kept.”
Shami Chakrabarti, director of civil rights group Liberty, said: “This is a great day for rights, freedoms and justice in the United Kingdom.”
VICTORY: Theresa May ( inset) has blocked the extradition of UFO fan Gary