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Case study ? Gary McKinnon

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Case study ? Gary McKinnon
« on: August 16, 2012, 04:19:58 PM »
Gary McKinnon is a British man who has been charged with hacking into the US Pentagon and NASA systems between 1999 and 2002. The Home Office is preparing to extradite Mr McKinnon to the United States of America where he will stand trial. McKinnon has been diagnosed with Asperger?s syndrome and his lawyers argued, in an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, that because of this, and because the crime was committed on British soil, that he should be tried here in the UK. However the Court has refused to order the UK not to extradite him, and McKinnon is facing 60 years in American jail.

In 2006 amendments were made to the Extradition Act that would allow a UK court to bar extradition (if appropriate) on the grounds that some or all the alleged conduct had taken place in the UK and if it would be in the interests of justice to do so. Yet these amendments have never been brought into force. If the forum bar had been on the statute book, it would have been possible for a UK judge to halt the extradition of Gary McKinnon.

There is nothing to prevent the Government from activating this amendment and changing the law to help protect future Garys. Find out more about the forum amendment.

A person in the UK should not be extradited for something that is not a crime in the UK. British justice should not be circumvented.


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