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No reason why Pentagon hacker can’t be tried in UK

The senior former policeman in charge of the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit squad which first arrested Gary McKinnon has described the ongoing US prosecution of the Pentagon hacker as “spiteful”.

Marc Kirby, retired former detective inspector at the NHTCU, was in charge of the team which first arrested McKinnon for cybercrime offences in 2002. US attempts to extradite McKinnon only started three years later in 2005, after the signature of a controversial extradition treaty between the US and UK.

Kirby, who led the successful prosecution of the gang behind the failed $420m cyberheist at Sumitomo in October 2004 and is now a lecturer in computer forensics at Cranfield, told The Register that despite the passage of time a UK prosecution for McKinnon’s admitted crimes was still possible. The former detective joins the growing list of those who want to see McKinnon tried in the UK.

Read in Full:  http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/10/mckinnon_support/

 

Family of Gary McKinnon urge new Government to halt extradition to US

The mother of Gary McKinnon, the Briton accused of hacking into Pentagon and Nasa computers, has called on the new Government to stop her son’s controversial extradition.

By Ben Leach
Published: 9:43AM BST 13 May 2010

Both David Cameron and Nick Clegg have publicly condemned plans to send Mr McKinnon to the U.S. – where he faces up to 60 years in jail.

Last year, Mr Cameron said that if Mr McKinnon had questions to answer there was “a clear argument to be made that he should answer them in a British court”.

Mr Clegg has said that extraditing Gary would be a “travesty of justice” and that Gordon Brown should give his “personal guarantee” that Mr McKinnon will be tried in Britain.

Now the supporters of Mr McKinnon, who has Asperger’s syndrome, are hoping they will keep their word.

On Wednesday Mr McKinnon’s mother Janis Sharp wrote to Mr Clegg asking the coalition government to intervene.

She told the Daily Mail: “He has been one of Gary’s most passionate and outspoken supporters and always said he would not extradite him.

Read in Full:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/7718479/Family-of-Gary-McKinnon-urge-new-Government-to-halt-extradition-to-US.html

 

Previous Updates

McKinnon’s Mum Fights For Civil Liberties In Parliamentary Run

Tuesday, 4 May 2010 6:12 P GMT
A day in a life on a campaign trail By John LeydenPosted in Government, 3rd May 2010 08:02 GMTInterview Janis Sharp, mother of accused Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon, is upbeat about her run for Parliament despite acknowledging she has little cha

Gary McKinnon Updates: Janis Sharp To Battle Straw

Tuesday, 13 April 2010 5:31 P GMT
 Janis Sharp PRESS ASSOCIATION The mother of accused computer hacker Gary McKinnon is to stand against Justice Secretary Jack Straw at the General Election. Janis Sharp blames Mr Straw, who was Foreign Secretary when Britain’s current extrad

Gary McKinnon Updates: New Court Date In Extradition Marathon

Tuesday, 23 February 2010 2:46 P GMT
 Ian GrantMonday 22 February 2010 03:33 Self-confessed hacker Gary McKinnon will return to court in May to hear whether the home secretary was right to allow his extradition to the US to face charges of hacking US federal and military comp

Gary McKinnon Updates: Charlie Mckinnon On His Son’s Fight Against US Extradition

Tuesday, 9 February 2010 7:02 P GMT
  Feb 7 2010 Lesley Roberts, Sunday Mail CHARLIE McKINNON should have left his scaffolding job by now and be enjoying a quiet retirement. Instead, the building site worker is at the centre of a major international incident, fi

Gary McKinnon Updates: Death Threats

Friday, 22 January 2010 4:40 P GMT
  UFO hacker Gary McKinnon gets death threats Exclusive report by Chris Richards, Rep

Gary McKinnon Updates: Pentagon Hacker Wins Delay Of Extradition To U.S.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010 1:42 A GMT
 January 13, 2010. A Briton who hacked into NASA and Pentagon computers has won the right to challenge the government’s decision to refuse to block his extradition to the United States, his lawyers said on Wednesday. Skip related contentGary

Gary McKinnon Updates: New Hope on Extradition

Tuesday, 1 December 2009 2:02 P GMT
 Hacker gets new hope on extraditionTuesday, Dec 1  2009 Home Secretary Alan Johnson has said he is considering granting computer hacker Gary McKinnon extra time to apply for a judicial review of his case. Skip related contentMr McKinn



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