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Gary McKinnon's mother slams potential UK prosecution

Janis Sharp says charges would be 'a spectacular turnaround'
Wed Nov 07 2012, 11:42
Gary McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp speaking at a press conference

ALLEGED UFO HACKER Gary McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp has said it will be "a spectacular turnaround" if the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) brings charges against her son over alleged hacking of US government computers in 2002.

Sharp was speaking to The INQUIRER's sister IT news website V3 in light of its revelations on Tuesday that the CPS and the Metropolitan Police Service will meet at the end of November to decide whether to launch a new investigation of McKinnon after his extradition to the US was refused.

She said it will by deeply hypocritical if action is now brought against her son in the UK, after 10 years of fighting to have the case heard in this country only to be told this was not possible.

"The CPS refused us for 10 years as they said they were unable to prosecute Gary as they didn't have the evidence required," she told V3.

"After a judicial review in June [and] July 2009 against the CPS, in which we tried to force a UK prosecution to take place, Justice Stanley Burnton agreed with the CPS that the CPS were wholly justified in refusing to prosecute Gary in the UK.

"It would therefore be a spectacular turnaround if the CPS suddenly decided they could prosecute after all."

Sharp added that not only will this be a deeply disappointing outcome but it will heighten the damage done to her son over the past decade.

"They could have prosecuted Gary in 2002 and saved our family 10-plus years of absolute misery, which has destroyed Gary's life and caused his mental health to deteriorate further, and has all but ruined [his family's] lives too," she said.

She also pointed out that it will be unfair to expect Gary to remember details of the events in questions almost 11 years after they took place.

Home Secretary Theresa May decided on health grounds in mid-October not to send McKinnon to the US to face charges, citing his Asperger's Syndrome as a potential suicide risk and so determining that extraditing him would breach his human rights. µ


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