Friday, 31 July 2009

Grayling says McKinnon extradition is "very disappointing"

Chris Grayling has described the news that Gary McKinnon has lost his appeal against extradition as “very disappointing”.

American authorities want to try the British citizen, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, for hacking into US military and Nasa computers in 2001/02.

Chris, the Shadow Home Secretary said, “People are right to be extremely concerned about our extradition arrangements.”

“This is a case where there is a clear argument for it to be tried in this country, and our system should take health issues into account before considering deportation. I hope lessons will be learned.”

David Cameron said he was "deeply saddened and disappointed" by the decision:

"Gary McKinnon is a vulnerable young man and I see no compassion in sending him thousands of miles away from his home and loved ones to face trial."

"If he has questions to answer, there is a clear argument to be made that he should answer them in a British court. This case raises serious questions about the workings of the Extradition Act, which should be reviewed.”

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