De­light as May blocks Yank ex­tra­di­tion bid

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By SI­MON DEAN

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


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