McKinnon's mum wins human rights gong
Janis Sharp praised for extradition law reform battle
Gary McKinnon's mum has secured a human rights award for her campaign to reform extradition laws.
Janis Sharp secured recognition by human rights group Liberty for her tireless campaigning on behalf of her son, who is accused of hacking into the Pentagon. McKinnon has Asperger's Syndrome and has been fighting against extradition to the US for the last nine years.
The campaign to secure a UK trial for McKinnon has become a cause celebre as well as inspiring a national debate on extradition arrangements between the US and UK.
A judicial inquiry into extradition law by Sir Scott Baker concluded that the treaty arrangements were not unfair. However Dominic Grieve, the UK's Attorney General, said the review offered “guidelines only” and was not binding on judges, giving a boost to the Save Gary campaign in the process.
Liberty said Sharp was being awarded its Close to Home award "for her passionate and sustained campaign to protect her son ... from extradition to the USA", the Daily Mail reports.
Meanwhile McKinnon's fate lies in the hands of Home Secretary Theresa May, who is considering medical evidence that warns McKinnon would be a suicide risk if faced with the stress of a US extradition, trial and likely imprisonment. ®
About as deserved as The Obumbler's Nobel Prize.
So, she had zero interest or activities in "human rights" until her son was caught up in an extradition case, and then all she has done is pursue a course totally aligned to her own interests (her son's continued liberty). Yeah, a real campaigner for human rights - not! All she has "campaigned for" is the right of one human she gave birth to (but obviously didn't do a very good job of mothering). It must really annoy those that actually do work hard for others that this shameless bit of political self-promotion has grown to the point where Janis Sharp is actually getting an award.
Funny how a human rights award has been given to someone fighting for human rights in Britain. Perhaps our Govt should think more carefully before giving advice on such rights to other countries. We should get our own house in order first. This case has been dragging on for so long, furthering the pain of the McKinnon family.
Severity of Crime
My reading of the allegations against McKinnon suggest "the equivalent domestic offences include the offence under section 12 of the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990 for which the maximum sentence is life imprisonment.".
I think if prosecuted in the UK he might get a bit more than 100 hours community service.