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Gary McKinnon


The High Court has expressed concern over how long it is taking the case of computer hacker Gary McKinnon to come back to court.

Two judges attempted to speed matters up by listing it for a hearing in July.

They acted after hearing that Home Secretary Theresa May is “considering afresh” whether Asperger’s sufferer McKinnon should be extradited to the US to face trial for hacking into military computers in 2002.

Edward Fitzgerald QC, appearing for McKinnon, told the judges it was hoped Mrs May would now block extradition so there would be no more need for court action. He said medical evidence before her showed McKinnon, 45, was “suffering from a serious mental disorder and there is a serious risk of suicide if extradited”.

Glasgow-born McKinnon, now of Wood Green, north London, admits hacking but claims he was looking for evidence of UFOs.

His mother Janis Sharp recently called for him to be tried in Britain. She said he was facing his tenth Christmas since his arrest and suffering severe depression amid predictions he could be jailed for 60 years in America.

Arrested in 2005, an order for his extradition was made in July 2006 under the 2003 Extradition Act. That triggered three successive applications for judicial review and questions about the fairness of the UK-US extradition treaty, which critics claim is “one-sided”.

Lord Justice Richards, sitting with Mr Justice Cranston, said the case had been “dragging on for a very long time” and could not be allowed to do so indefinitely.

Hugo Keith QC, appearing for Mrs May, said the delays were caused by the change of government, the new home secretary’s decision to look at the case and difficulties in gathering new psychiatric evidence.

He said: “She does acknowledge the very considerable lapse of time already passed in this case. She will, of course, immediately turn to considering her position when these representations have been received.”

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Hearing set for July in hacking extradition case


30/01/2012

Judges have set a date for July to hear the case of Gary McKinnon who the US wants extradited for breaching US military security.


The judges are attempting to speed up the process of deciding Mr McKinnon’s fate, which has been dragging on since his arrest in June 2005 for hacking into top secret US military computers in 2002.


The case has thus far proved highly controversial because Mr McKinnon suffers from Asperger’s and is said to be a potential suicide risk if extradited and jailed in the US.


Instead, his mother Janis Sharp wants him to be tried and “given a proportional sentence” in the UK. 


The case is currently being considered by the home secretary Theresa May, but Lord Justice Richards said he needed to fix a date “to concentrate minds”.


He told the Telegraph: “[The case] would just drag on indefinitely [without a date being set], allowing the secretary of state an indefinite period for further decision-making.”


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Gary’s supporters mark ‘decade of torment’ with visit to Downing Street 10 years after his arrest

  • *Gary McKinnon’s family battling against his extradition after he hacked into Nasa and Pentagon
  • *Doctors warned Aspergers sufferer could kill himself if extradited to the U.S.

Last updated at 10:47 AM on 8th February 2012


Gary McKinnon’s supporters meet at 10 Downing Street today to mark a’nightmare’ decade since his arrest for computer hacking.

His family have been battling against extradition after the Asperger’s sufferer hacked into NASA and Pentagon computers looking for evidence of aliens.

The Americans are demanding Gary be extradited despite medical experts warning he could kill himself if sent to the U.S.

His mother Janis Sharp said last night:’Ten years have gone by and still Gary lives in a nightmare world – unable to control the terror that consumes his every waking moment.

‘This endless pressure on an Aspergic man with severe mental health issues is barbaric. And for what?


‘A foolish act that has caused embarrassment to the US.


‘Where has our sense of proportion gone?’

Mrs Sharp will be handing in poems at Downing Street received after Gary’s supporters set up the Poetic Justice Campaign marking his ten years of’fear and torment.’


Mrs Sharp, who will be joined by long-time supporter Trudie Styler, Gary’s MP David Burrowes, former Tory shadow Home Secretary David Davis and Lord Maginnis said: ‘In March David Cameron is visiting President Obama to discuss our “ special relationship”. What an opportunity for our PM to finally announce an end to Gary’s ordeal.‘This act alone would prove that the “special relationship” has true meaning and is one of mutual respect.’ 


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McKinnon lives in ‘nightmare world’


London computer hacker Gary McKinnon is “unable to control the terror that consumes his every waking moment” as he fights extradition to the US, his mother has said.

Janis Sharp said the treatment of her son, who admits hacking into military computers but claims he was looking for evidence of UFOs, was “barbaric”. She urged Prime Minister David Cameron to raise the issue with US president Barack Obama when the two leaders meet at the White House next month.

Ms Sharp said: “10 years have gone by and still Gary lives in a nightmare world – unable to control the terror that consumes his every waking moment. This endless pressure on an Aspergic man with severe mental health issues is barbaric. And for what? A foolish act that caused embarrassment to the US. Where has our sense of proportion gone?”

The High Court expressed concern over how long McKinnon’s case was taking to return to court last month, with two judges listing the case for July in a bid to speed matters up.

They acted after hearing that Home Secretary Theresa May is “considering afresh” whether Asperger’s sufferer McKinnon should be extradited to the US to face trial for hacking into military computers in 2002. Ms Sharp was speaking ahead of meeting supporters outside Number 10 on Wednesday to hand over poems of support for her son to mark the 10th anniversary of his first arrest.

She said: “In March David Cameron is visiting President Obama to discuss our ‘special relationship’. What an opportunity for our PM to finally announce an end to Gary’s 10-year ordeal.This act alone would prove that the ‘special relationship’ has true meaning and is one of mutual respect.”

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Gary McKinnon Update: David Cameron and Barack Obama’s Press Conference: The Main Points:

http://www.aspie-editorial.com/2011/05/26/gary-mckinnon-update-david-cameron-and-barack-obamas-press-conference-the-main-points/



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