Huppert welcomes decision not to extradite McKinnon
MP Julian Huppert has welcomed the Home Secretary’s decision not to extradite computer hacker, Gary McKinnon to America.
Julian said: “I am delighted that the Home Secretary has seen fit to intervene in this case. This is excellent news.
“Mr McKinnon’s case is not clear cut. He is clearly unwell and needs to be treated with compassion. He has suffered 10 years of torment and I hope now he can start to get the help he so clearly needs.”
Julian has been fighting the extradition warrant against Mr McKinnon, who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome. He admits hacking into US government computers but claims he was looking for evidence of UFOs.
Julian has been in regular contact with Mr McKinnon’s mother, Janis Sharp and joined her in at 10 Downing Street in February to mark 10 years since his arrest in 2002.
He has also been fighting Mr McKinnon’s case through the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee and it featured prominently in the recent inquiry into UK-US Extradition Treaty.
International expert in the field of Autism, Cambridge University-based Simon Baron- Cohen has given advice in the case.
Julian congratulated Home Secretary Theresa May in the House of Commons today for taking the correct decision at long last.
He said later: “This is an historic decision which I hope will lead the way for change.”