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Re: UK Hacker Extradition Appeal Reaches Law Lords
Posted Aug 1, 2009 1:41 PM
Now show some guts, Mr Johnson: Judges say Home Secretary CAN order Gary McKinnon to be tried here
Last updated at 12:43 AM on 01st August 2009
Alan Johnson is under huge pressure to 'pluck up the courage' to save Gary McKinnon after judges warned he might kill himself if extradited.
They ruled they could not stop the Government from sending him to the U.S., where the vulnerable Asperger's sufferer faces up to 60 years behind bars.
But the two High Court judges declared in a pointed statement that, if extradited, 'his mental health will suffer and there are risks of worse, including suicide'.
Crucially, the judges also said the 43-year-old computer hacker could be prosecuted in London - a process which would automatically halt extradition.
Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said: 'The succession of government ministers who have let this sorry saga drag on for seven long years should bow their heads in shame.
'It is time for Alan Johnson to pluck up the courage and ensure that Gary McKinnon is tried in a British court. Nothing else will do.'...............
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