by Stephen Tall on January 1, 2013
One of my first 26 Liberal Heroes here on the CentreForum blog was Theresa May for her decision not to authorise the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the USA. Here’s an excerpt from my post:
Mrs May’s was the correct decision, a liberal decision and one which will hopefully result in a much better form of due legal process and natural justice in the future. It was correct and liberal because Mrs May took the side of the angels in standing up for a vulnerable individual against an over-mighty state. Mr McKinnon’s alleged offences — hacking into the Pentagon’s computers — are not trivial. But the idea that a man who claims he was looking for evidence of UFOs should be subject to a 10-year legal battle with the threat of a lifetime’s imprisonment hanging over him is grossly disproportionate.
However, I queried the legal grounds for Mrs May’s decision: ‘Her legal grounds are suspect — previous home secretaries had considered very similar legal and medical evidence and decided they couldn’t side with Mr McKinnon — and dependent on a Human Rights Act which Conservatives are more often found decrying than championing.’
Janis Sharp, the mother of Gary McKinnon who has fought a doughty campaign on his behalf these past 10 years, responded to the blog-post today via Twitter. Here’s our exchange, in which she gives her perspective on the evidence that led to Theresa May’s decision:
Janis Sharp (Gary McKinnon’s mother) on Theresa May’s decision not to extradite her son to the USA
Twitter exchange, 1 Jan 2013
Storified by Stephen Tall· Tue, Jan 01 2013 10:09:17