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Janis Sharp will talk about her son Gary McKinnon’s ongoing extradition case.

07 October 2009 05:00 AM

Mother of Scots computer hacker to speak at Tory conference

The mother of Scottish computer hacker Gary McKinnon will address the Conservative Party conference on Wednesday about her son’s fight against extradition to the Unites States.

In a debate entitled ‘British Justice: Working for disabled people? Discussing the Gary McKinnon case and beyond’, Janis Sharp will be amongst the speakers.

Mr McKinnon, 43, who was born in Glasgow but lives in north London, suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. He is wanted for trial in the US on charges of hacking into the country’s military networks.

He was arrested in 2002 after American prosecutors accused him of hacking into computer systems of the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of Defence and Nasa, as well as sabotaging vital American military systems after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

They say his actions caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage. Mr McKinnon says that his motivation for his unauthorised use of sensitive networks was to find information on UFOs held by the US government, and his supporters have said it was just an obsession that went too far.

Read in Full: http://news.stv.tv/scotland/west-central/128429-mother-of-scots-computer-hacker-to-speak-at-tory-conference/


Gary McKinnon to learn if he can appeal extradition

Hacker Gary McKinnon is set to hear whether he will be allowed to appeal to the Supreme Court against his extradition to the US.

Published: 3:26AM BST 08 Oct 2009

Mr McKinnon is accused of hacking Pentagon and Nasa computer networks and has been identified by the US as a serious offender.

His mother Janis Sharp has accused the Government of ”throwing their people to the dogs”, saying that her son has been “suicidal” since learning of his extradition after hacking into military networks.

… Tory David Burrowes, Mr McKinnon’s MP and shadow justice minister, said Home Secretary Alan Johnson had repeatedly ”passed the buck” and refused to act on the situation.

He told the fringe meeting: ”So inevitably we’ve been left with the court process, to go through the process of judicial review, hopefully through to the Supreme Court.

“What we do need is to have justice in this country.”

In July Mr McKinnon failed in his High Court bid to avoid extradition.

He is expected to learn whether the High Court has given him permission to appeal to the Supreme Court against his extradition.

Read in Full:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/lawandorder/6271123/Gary-McKinnon-to-learn-if-he-can-appeal-extradition.html

Conservatives pledge to reform Gary McKinnon extradition treaty

The Conservatives have committed themselves to changing the “lopsided” extradition treaty under which Gary McKinnon faces being extradited to the United States.

By Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor
Published: 7:00AM BST 08 Oct 2009

The news comes days before Mr McKinnon, a computer programmer, will learn whether he can take his appeal against extradition to the new Supreme Court.

The treaty, which was intended to be used for sending terrorists across the Atlantic, has been been used by American prosecutors to target Britons accused of white collar crimes.

Dominic Grieve, the shadow justice secretary, told the party conference in Manchester that “a Conservative government will re-write” the treaty.

Read in Full:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/conservative/6270387/Conservatives-pledge-to-reform-Gary-McKinnon-extradition-treaty.html

Computer hacker Gary McKinnon loses fight to stand trial in UK

McKinnon refused supreme court appeal against extradition to US on charges of breaking into military networks

Alexandra Topping

Friday 9 October 2009 11.32 BST 

Computer hacker Gary McKinnon lost his long battle to stand trial in the UK today when he was refused permission to appeal to the supreme court against extradition to the US on charges of breaking into the Pentagon’s military networks.

The court decided the case did not raise “points of law of general public importance”, which are neccessary if a case is to be pursued at the higher level.

The decision extinguishes McKinnon’s legal options in the UK, but his lawyers said they would now consider applying to the European court of human rights in Strasbourg.

Giving the court’s decision, Lord Justice Stanley Burnton, who heard McKinnon’s latest appeal earlier this year with Mr Justice Wilkie, said extradition was “a lawful and proportionate response” to his alleged offending.

He said McKinnon would be unlikely to succeed with his claim that extradition would breach his right to a private and family life, under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Nor did the court think that extradition to the US would be a breach of his right not to be subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment under Article 3.

McKinnon’s mother, Janis Sharp, said the decision was “devoid of humanity”.

“No other country in the world would so readily offer its citizens to the US as sacrificial lambs merely to safeguard a ‘special political relationship’.

“To use my desperately vulnerable son in this way is despicable, immoral and devoid of humanity.”

McKinnon’s solicitor, Karen Todner, said the trial was having a “devastating” effect on the 43-year-old’s health. “He is a highly vulnerable man in a very fragile state and this is a huge blow to him and his family,” she said.

“Why is our government so inhumane as to allow this to happen to someone, particularly someone with Asperger’s, a form of autism? This is the wholesale destruction and bullying of a small individual by the United States and now our own government.

“Our extradition treaty with the US is unfair and prejudicial to UK citizens and should be repealed or amended immediately.”

Todner said every further avenue, including the European court, would be explored.


Pentagon hacker ‘suicidal’ following U.S. ‘bullying’

October 9, 2009

LONDON, England (CNN) — Gary McKinnon, the hacker who broke into Pentagon and NASA computers, was at risk of suicide Friday after losing an effort to fight extradition to the United States, his attorney said.

“This is the wholesale destruction and bullying of a small individual by the United States and now our own government,” attorney Karen Todner said in a statement.

McKinnon’s mother Janis Sharp described her son as “suicidal.”

The British government did not respond.

McKinnon, a British citizen, has admitted breaking the law and intentionally gaining unauthorized access to U.S. government computers.

The U.S. government says McKinnon carried out the biggest military computer hacking of all time, accessing 97 computers from his home in London for a year starting in March 2001, and costing the government about $1 million. U.S. authorities want him extradited to face trial in the United States.

McKinnon, currently free on bail in England, has said he was simply doing research to find out whether the U.S. government was covering up the existence of UFOs.

Read in Full:  http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/10/09/british.hacker.mckinnon/index.html?section=cnn_latest


Hacker gets more time to fight US extradition

LONDON (AFP) – A man accused of hacking into US military and NASA space agency computers was on Saturday given more time to fight his extradition to the United States, officials and lawyers said.

Gary McKinnon, 43, whose family says has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, could spend life in prison if convicted by a US court of gaining access to 97 computers in 2001 and 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

He says he was only looking for evidence of unidentified flying objects (UFOs).

Earlier this month, the High Court in London refused him leave to appeal to the new Supreme Court against his extradition.

But now his supporters have fresh hope after the Home Office said he had an extra 14 days to fight the move. His lawyers had submitted fresh medical evidence concerning his mental health.

“We are pleased that the home secretary is considering it and hope he will show some compassion to someone who is extremely vulnerable,” McKinnon’s solicitor Karen Todner said.

The Home Office confirmed: “On October 12, his solicitors submitted further representations to the home secretary and we are considering what response to give to this latest material…

“In the meantime, we have confirmed to his solicitors that we do not consider the 14 days for a Strasbourg application as running.”

After MacKinnon was denied leave to appeal to the Supreme Court on October 9, he was given 14 days to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, but the Home Office has now agreed to put that period on hold.



Review ‘brutal’ extradition law

Tuesday, 20 October 2009 13:56 UK

London Mayor Boris Johnson has called on the Peers to rid the current Extradition Act of “serious flaws” to allow cases to be prosecuted in the UK.

Mr Johnson, who has backed hacker Gary McKinnon’s appeal against extradition to the US, called the law “brutal”.

The Policing and Crime Bill will be debated by the Lords who will consider if extradition could be refused if the accused could be prosecuted in the UK.

The mayor urged the Peers to “use this opportunity to change this cruel law”.

‘Blunt and brutal’

Mr Johnson said: “It is scandalous that under the current laws the UK has so little influence over extradition.

“There are a number of serious flaws in the Extradition Act in its current form.

“As we have seen with the case of Gary McKinnon it can be a blunt and brutal law.

“I urge the Peers to take the well-being of the people of this country seriously and use this opportunity to change this cruel law.”

Read in Full:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8315784.stm

Alan Johnson to be grilled by MPs over his decision to extradite Gary McKinnon

Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, is set to be questioned publicly by an all-party committee of MPs over his decision to extradite computer hacker Gary McKinnon to America.

By Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor
Published: 7:00AM BST 20 Oct 2009

It comes as peers seek to change the “lopsided” treaty which has been used to send Mr McKinnon, 43, to America where he has been accused of hacking into Pentago and Nasa computer networks from his flat in north London.

The 2003 treaty, which was intended to send terrorism suspects across the Atlantic, has been used by American prosecutors to target Britons accused of white collar crimes.

The Daily Telegraph has learned that the Commons’ home affairs select committee is planning to have a special session to examine how the treaty has been used by prosecutors, and whether the home secretary should be given discretion to try cases in the UK.

The MPs will also want to examine why US lawyers need to only demonstrate “reasonable suspicion” for an extradition warrant to be granted in Britain. There is no reciprocal agreement for the Crown Prosecution Service in America.

Witnesses to be called to give evidence include Mr Johnson, the Home Secretary, and the family of Mr McKinnon, who suffers from autism, sources said.


UK Government reconsiders hacker’s extradition

Published in: eLaw & Management
Date: Wed 21 October 2009
The UK Home Secretary will reconsider the extradition of Gary McKinnon, a hacker who was charged in the US in 2002 for breaking into military and government computers.

PC World reports that McKinnon’s attorney, Karen Todner has submitted new medical evidence to Alan Johnson. McKinnon suffers from depression and Asperger’s Syndrome, a neurological disorder related to autism characterised by deficiencies in social interaction. If the Home Office allows McKinnon’s extradition to proceed, he has 14 days to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, Todner said. According to the report, on 9 October, the High Court denied McKinnon the chance to take his case to the UK’s new Supreme Court. McKinnon sought to join an appeal against extradition filed by the attorney of Ian Norris, a British businessman facing charges in the US for alleged involvement in a cartel.
Full PC World report 

Mum’s relief after son’s extradition halted
16:31 – 20 October 2009
Janis Sharp with her son Gary McKinnon
Janis Sharp with her son Gary McKinnon
THE extradition of an autistic man wanted on computer hacking charges in the US has been halted by the Home Secretary.

Alan Johnson made his decision after agreeing to review new evidence about the mental health of Gary McKinnon, who faces up to 60 years in jail in America if convicted.

Gary’s mum, Janis Sharp, who lives in Brookmans Park, said she was relieved that the minister had postponed handing her son over to the US authorities.

She told the WHT: “I am really pleased that Alan Johnson is considering this new evidence.

“It is an incredible relief for us.”

As reported in the WHT last week, Asperger’s sufferer Gary was refused the right to appeal to the UK Supreme Court against his extradition.

And Janis admitted she feared her son could have been put on a plane to the States as early as Friday had Mr Johnson not intervened. “We were very, very scared,” she said.

Read in Full:  http://www.whtimes.co.uk/content/whtimes/news/story.aspx?brand=WHTOnline&category=News&tBrand=HertsCambsOnline&tCategory=newslatestWHT&itemid=WEED20%20Oct%202009%2016%3A29%3A56%3A157

New medical evidence could stop hacker Gary McKinnon’s extradition

Alan Johnson ‘stops clock’ on extradition to US of man who suffers Asperger’s syndrome to consider new evidence

Monday, 26 October 2009

The home secretary, Alan Johnson, pledged today to examine new medical evidence in the case of the computer hacker Gary McKinnon “very carefully” before approving his extradition to the US on charges of breaking into the Pentagon’s military networks.

Johnson told MPs he had “stopped the clock” on proceedings to give McKinnon’s lawyers time to consider medical reports and make legal representations.

The home secretary was today also pressed to delay further until an investigation into the US-UK extradition treaty had been carried out by the Commons home affairs select committee.

The 43-year-old, from Wood Green, north London, suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, and says his hacking was aimed at nothing more than searching for reports of UFO sightings. His supporters fear his health would suffer in a maximum security jail in the US.

He had challenged Home Office decisions allowing his extradition to go ahead and the refusal of Keir Starmer QC, the director of public prosecutions, to put him on trial in the UK on charges of computer misuse. He failed in his high court bid to avoid extradition in July.

Johnson said the high court had already dismissed applications for McKinnon to be tried in the UK.

He said: “We have stopped the clock ticking on the representation to the European court because new medical evidence has been provided.

“There are two issues upon which Gary McKinnon’s legal advisors have argued: the first is that the director of public prosecutions should have tried him in this country.

“The high court in July dismissed that, and wouldn’t allow it to go to judicial review.”

“I have to ensure that his Article 3 human rights are being respected. It’s that new medical evidence that I will be looking at very carefully”.

McKinnon’s MP, David Burrowes, said the new medical evidence was “compelling” and detailed the effect extradition would have on McKinnon’s Asperger’s.

The Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate urged the home secretary not to execute the extradition order until after the select committee inquiry on 10 November.

Read More:  http://u.tv/News/New-medical-evidence-could-stop-hacker-Gary-McKinnons-extradition/2d7179b2-31dc-49f8-8543-605ac6147560#at

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