Feeds

Abu Hamza ruling clarifies McKinnon case

UFO hacker extradition bid even less to do with terrorism

The Power of One Infographic

The Abu Hamza ruling may affect the Gary McKinnon case by removing one of the arguments against trying the self-admitted hacker in the UK, according to McKinnon's mum.

Last week the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled to halt the extradition of Abu Hamza and Babar Ahmad and other Islamic militants to the US on human rights grounds.

Janis Sharp, McKinnon's mum, said the ruling helped clarify the status of her son's case by removing one of the arguments put forward by the previous government.

"At least for the moment the government can no longer use the Abu Hamza excuse as a reason not to keep Gary in the UK," Sharp told El Reg. "Alan Johnson previously said that if they allowed Gary to remain here that this could help Abu Hamza etc to fight extradition. I have always responded to this by saying that the ECHR would protect Abu Hamza and that the ECHR would not extradite Abu Hamza etc to the US, so Gary’s case would not affect any decision in Abu Hamza’s case."

The ECHR declined to intervene in the case against McKinnon two years ago as part of a long-running series of appeals in the case which remains ongoing. Incoming Home Secretary Theresa May is in the process of reviewing medical evidence that McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome, is too mentally vulnerable to withstand the stress of extradition, trial and likely imprisonment in the US.

A block against any attempts to extradite McKinnon has been put in place pending the outcome of this review, the timetable for which is unclear.

More generally the coalition government is reviewing the UK-USA Extradition treaty, much criticised by McKinnon's supporters as one-sided and unfair.

The latest developments in McKinnon's campaign are detailed on the Free Gary support site here. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs
SMEs get lip service - what they need is dinner at the Club
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws
Only 49 politcos voted against DRIP bill
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.