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".

Live updates


US Justice Dept is 'disappointed' over McKinnon case

The US Department of Justice said the United States "is disappointed by the UK Home Secretary's decision not to extradite Gary McKinnon, particularly given the past decisions of the UK courts and prior home secretaries that he should face trial in the United States".

"We note that the Home Secretary has described this case as exceptional and, thus, this decision does not set a precedent for future cases," a spokesperson added.

Former law lord questions McKinnon ruling

Lord Lloyd of Berwick, a crossbench peer and former law lord, has questioned the Government's decision to intervene in the Gary McKinnon case.

He said:

If a suspect can be prosecuted in two or more countries the essential question is where he can best be prosecuted. That is where he is most likely to be convicted if guilty.

In almost every case that would depend on where the bulk of the evidence would be. That is a question best decided by the prosecuting authorities in the two countries involved and not by Parliament.


Trudie Styler: 'Home Secretary has shown humanity'

Sting's wife Trudie Styler, who backed the campaign against Gary McKinnon's extradition, has said the Home Secretary has shown "humanity and courage" in making her decision.

Janis Sharp (right) the mother of Gary McKinnon with Trudie Styler. Credit: Press Association.

She said: "I am delighted that after all the years of wrangling and uncertainty - which, in themselves, have taken a terrible toll on Gary's already poor health - the Home Secretary has shown the humanity and courage to reach this decision.

"As a mother I applaud the steadfast love and support which Janis has given her son as she has fought every inch of the way against Gary's extradition to the USA."

Load more updates Back to top

Latest ITV News reports