Boris: 'Justice has prevailed'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Credit: PA

London mayor Boris Johnson said: "At last, justice and the well-being of Mr McKinnon have prevailed.

"I have long supported Gary's right to be tried here in the UK.

"To extradite a man diagnosed with Asperger syndrome to America for trial would have been extraordinarily cruel and inhumane. I applaud the Government's stance.

"If they had approved extradition, they'd have been saying that extradition on any grounds was OK. It's not."

Melanie Riley, of campaign group Friends Extradited, said: "We are relieved and delighted for Gary and his family and his lawyers.

"A brave and correct decision has finally been made by the Home Secretary."


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