Home Secretary stalls over battle to block extradition

originally by: NorthLondon Today
published: 26th October 2011

The Home Secretary Theresa May has refused to say when she will decide whether to block the extradition of computer hacker Gary McKinnon. Mr McKinnon admitted hacking into 97 US military computers in 2001 and 2002 and American prosecutors want to bring him to the United States to face errorism charges.

Mrs May, who was at the Lee Valley White Water Centre to discuss the security arrangements for next year’s Olympic Games, said the Home Office was still looking at the evidence surrounding Mr McKinnon’s case.

The 45-year-old from Palmers Green suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and his lawyers argue that sending him to the US to face prosecution would be a breach of the Human Rights Act.

Civil liberties campaigners also claim that the extradition treaty that the UK agreed with the US in 2003 favours the Americans, who do not have to provide any evidence that a crime has been committed before extradition can go ahead.

In contrast, the British authorities need to provide at least some evidence of a crime.

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