will not be extradited.
Mrs May said the sole basis for the decision was Mr McKinnon’s human rights and she blocked the extradition order.
Mr McKinnon, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, faced 60 years in jail if convicted in the US.
It’s somewhat ironic that the same government who says we need to do away with the imposition of human rights legislation, and were vociferous in their opposition of Abu Hamza’s arguments which were founded on the same laws, is so keen to make use of it when it suits them.
I’m presuming this is the article they are basing their decision on:
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
(Universal Declaration of Human Rights, §19)
David Rivkin is an American lawyer and former White House counsel to President Reagan and President Bush. He tells the BBC’s World At One the decision to block Mr McKinnon’s extradition was “laughable”, adding “under that logic, anybody who claims some kind of physical or mental problem can commit crimes with impunity and get away with it. Because either he would not be prosecuted or extradited”.
Jeremy Croft, Amnesty’s head of policy and government affairs, said: “It can only be hoped that her decision today marks a change in direction wherein the home secretary ceases to call for those very protections to be dismantled, and indeed champions the Act for the safeguards it provides.”