US 'disappointed' over McKinnon

The US has said they are "disappointed" after the Home Secretary Theresa May blocked their request on human rights grounds to extradite computer hacker Gary McKinnon so he can stand trial. She described it as a "difficult and exceptional case".

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Ecuadoran embassy: Parallels between Gary McKinnon and Julian Assange

A spokesman for the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is staying, has said that parallels can be drawn between Assange and Gary McKinnon.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

He said: "There are obvious parallels here with the fears expressed by Julian Assange.

"The UK government ought to now publicly state that they will not, under any circumstances, allow the onward extradition of Julian Assange to the US where he would be subject to the undermining of his human rights just as Gary McKinnon would have been."

Mr Assange has been staying at the Embassy since June seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden.

Gary McKinnon's family to speak to press

Gary McKinnon's family is about to give a press conference regarding the today's decision to block his extradition. The panel is expected to include:

  • Janis Sharp - Gary's mother
  • Karen Todner - Gary's solicitor
  • Edward Fitzgerald QC and Ben Cooper - Gary's Counsel
  • David Burrowes MP - Garys MP
  • Shami Chakrabarti - Director of civil rights group Liberty
  • Mark Lever - Chief Executive of National Autistic Society

Alan Johnson accuses Home Secretary of serving party interests

Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

A former Home Secretary has accused Theresa May of blocking Gary McKinnon's extradition to serve her Conservative party.

Alan Johnson, who served as Home Secretary under Labour from June 2009 to May 2010 said: "Gary McKinnon is accused of very serious offences.

"The US was perfectly within its rights, and it was extremely reasonable of them, to seek his extradition.

"We now do not know whether Gary McKinnon will ever have to face justice on those accusations."

He added: "The Home Secretary has made a decision today that's in her own party's best interest; it is not in the best interests of the country."

Babar Ahmad's family accuse Govt of 'old-fashioned racism'

The family of terror suspect Babar Ahmad, who was extradited alongside radical cleric Abu Hamza earlier this month, has accused the Government of "blatant old-fashioned racism".

Babar Ahmad's father Ashfaq Ahmad (R) stands with his daughter in-law Ousma (C) and his son's solicitor Muthasar Arani (L) Credit: Chris Young/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Ahmad's family said in a statement that today's decision to block Gary McKinnon's extradition is "a clear demonstration of double standards".

"We would not want his family to experience the pain and suffering we have all been enduring since Babar was extradited," they said.

"However, questions do need to be asked as to why within the space of two weeks, a British citizen with Asperger's accused of computer related activity is not extradited, while two other British citizens, one with Asperger's, engaged in computer related activity are extradited."

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