Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Gary McKinnon will not be sent to America

I was in the House today to hear Theresa May announce that Mr. McKinnon would not be extradited to America. This is the right decision. As she put it:
"Mr McKinnon is accused of serious crimes. But there is also no doubt that he is seriously ill. He has Asperger's syndrome, and suffers from depressive illness. The legal question before me is now whether the extent of that illness is sufficient to preclude extradition. After careful consideration of all of the relevant material, I have concluded that Mr McKinnon's extradition would give rise to such a high risk of him ending his life that a decision to extradite would be incompatible with Mr McKinnon's human rights."

Yesterday, she announced that Britain would opt out of 130 EU law and order measures  This is on top of the departure of Abu Hamza earlier in the month. All 3 decisions taken by this government and ducked by the previous Labour government I might add.