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Gary McKinnon (Cont’d)

This change in decision followed the Home secretary’s initial halt on proceedings in October 2009 to consider new medical evidence about the computer hacker’s mental state. He had asked Home Office lawyers to consider the implications of fresh evidence about Gary’s state of psychiatric health.

Gary’s mother said: “I am extremely pleased Alan Johnson is doing this. I am sure that when he sees such strong evidence he will realise he should intervene and stop the extradition.

“Even at this late stage I hope when confronted with such compelling-evidence he will show the compassion that the people of this country are longing to see. Gary is pleased and relieved. It is the best news he has received for a long time and it gives him some hope.”

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said: “The Home Secretary has sat on his hands for too long, even in the face of legal advice from leading advocates that contradicts the Home Office’s position.”

Mark Lever, head of the National Autistic Society said: “We are bitterly disappointed by the Home Secretary’s decision and feel hugely sympathetic towards Gary and his family who have now been living under extreme stress for a prolonged period of time.

People with Asperger syndrome are often much more vulnerable than appearances would suggest and can be highly susceptible to additional mental health problems. On the strength of recently submitted medical evidence and the support of the Home Affairs committee, we had hoped that Mr Johnson would listen to these concerns.”


Follow-up News:

Hacker Gary McKinnon will not face UK charges
14 December 2012

UK hacker Gary McKinnon wins extradition battle
16 October 2012

Home secretary in a spot over hacker’s extradition to US
16 December 2009

Hacker denied extradition appeal
9 October 2009

Failing McKinnon and failing us too
31 July 2008

Profile: Gary McKinnon
30 July 2008

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