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Post Number:#1  PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:51 am 
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Yahoo News / ITN, 31st July 2009

The man accused of conducting "the biggest ever military hack" by the US government, is waiting to find out if he'll be extradited to the United States.

Gary McKinnon, 43, faces charges of hacking into American military computers and faces up to sixty years in prison if convicted in America.

The results of a judicial review will decide whether McKinnon, who has Asperger's Syndrome, will face trial in the United States or in the UK.

His family are concerned that the stress of extradition could lead to pschosis and suicide because of his medical condition.

His case raises awareness of the controversial Extradition Act 2003 between the US and Britain.

The Government has defended the law whereas critics say it is "unbalanced and unfair."

The case of computer hacker Gary McKinnon could finally be settled later at the High Court.


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     Post subject: Re: Hacker's extradition decision due
    Post Number:#2  PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:58 am 
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    Daily Mail, 31st July 2009

    Computer hacker Gary McKinnon's terrified family will learn his fate today, but if he loses his battle against extradition vowed:' We fight on.'

    Two High Court judges will rule on last-gasp legal appeals against decisions by the Home Office and Director of Public Prosecutions to send him to the U.S. and not try him in Britain.
    Gary, who admits hacking into NASA and Pentagon computers looking for the existence of 'little green men', faces up to 60 years in a U.S. jail and medical experts fear he may take his own life if extradited.

    His mother Janis Sharp said last night: 'My biggest fear is that if it goes against Gary there would be a plane waiting for him tomorrow night.
    'If we lose, our solicitor will ask for the statutory 28 days to appeal but if they refuse... that's what terrifies me and Gary.

    'But whatever the decision - the fight goes on.
    'If it goes against us I may cry, but I will never give up, not in a million years. He has to stay here.'

    She pleaded again for Alan Johnson to heed the advice of leading barristers that the Home Secretary has the power to intervene and prevent the extradition of Gary, who has Asperger's Syndrome.

    Mr Johnson's own terror adviser, Lord Carlile, and eminent human rights lawyers have warned against sending him across the Atlantic under a controversial U.S./UK treaty ostensibly introduced to combat terrorism.

    The Home Secretary snubbed a plea by Gary's mother for a face-to-face meeting but Mrs Sharp said: 'Mr Johnson can, and must intervene. It's an absolute.

    'He's ignoring the best legal advice in the land, even his own adviser on terror is saying "don't send Gary." It just seems ridiculous.'

    Support for Gary has poured in after the Daily Mail launched its 'Affront to British Justice' campaign - with tens of thousands of readers petitioning the Home Secretary to use his discretion and intervene - and ministers will be braced for a public backlash if he loses the High Court appeals.

    A raft of leading politicians, including Tory leader David Cameron and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, along with many high-profile celebrities are backing the fight to stop his extradition on 'cyber-terrorism' charges.

    Gordon Brown offered a glimmer of hope for Gary last week when he said he was 'sympathetic' to the 43-year-old computer hacker's plight.

    Sarah Brown pledged her own support to Mrs Sharp when they met at a private meeting in Downing Street and Gary's mother handed over a 4,000-strong petition organised by the National Autistic Society, seeking protection for Gary and others like him.

    Last week respected Labour MP Andrew Mackinlay announced he was quitting Westminster in disgust after MPs failed to have the courage to vote in a Commons debate for a review of the 2003 Extradition Act in the wake of the controversy over Gary's case.

    Earlier this week analysis by the Liberal Democrats revealed that the odds are stacked overwhelmingly against any British citizen wanted by the Americans for extradition.

    Courts in the UK approve 89 per cent of U.S. extradition requests compared to only seven in ten requests by the British authorities that are granted by the Americans.

    Under the controversial act the U.S. can demand a Briton's extradition without having to prove any evidence while Britain has to prove its case in a U.S. court.

    Mrs Sharp, 60, who will be accompanied by Trudie Styler, the wife of musician Sting, in the High Court today, said: 'I am really scared and it's more frightening now because I feel it's coming to an end.

    'I think we are a thorn in the side of the Government and they want Gary packed off, out of the way.

    'Gary is absolutely terrified. He wants to actually know he's got a life and a world. He just would not survive in the U.S.'

    Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said: ' It is high time that someone put an end to this preposterous charade and allowed Gary McKinnon to be tried here.

    ' If the High Court does not rule in Gary McKinnon’s favour, then it is no longer good enough for Alan Johnson to sit on his hands.

    'The British Government must intervene to ensure that a vulnerable man with no previous convictions does not spend the rest of his life in a maximum security American prison.'


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