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Hacker Gary McKinnon faces extradition threat over Scotland visit

Warned against visiting sick father
Fri Aug 01 2014, 14:24
Gary McKinnon faces more extradition worries

ACCUSED HACKER Gary McKinnon, who survived a 10-year extradition battle in 2012, has been advised against visiting his sick father in Scotland.

According to the Guardian, and confirmed by Janis Sharp, McKinnon's mother, the hacker, now an SEO advisor, has been told by his legal team that a visit to his father could lead to a swoop from bitter US authorities.

Sharp, who campaigned against extradition for a decade, expressed disappointment. "His legal team have advised him that, because [Theresa] May's decision applies only in England and Wales, the US could attempt to extradite him," she said to the newspaper.

"Gary is extremely upset as he wants to visit his dad but is afraid because of the advice not to go there. Couldn't the Scottish government just say that they'll abide by May's decision?"

In 2012 the home secretary decided to block McKinnon's extradition for medical and health reasons. May said at the time, "After careful consideration of all of the relevant material, I have concluded that Mr McKinnon's extradition would give rise to such a high risk of him ending his life that a decision to extradite would be incompatible with Mr McKinnon's human rights. I have therefore withdrawn the extradition order against Mr McKinnon."

In a statement to the Guardian, a Scottish government spokesman said it was likely that it would follow the UK's government's thinking, and not provide an extradition opportunity to the US.

"While we do not comment on individual cases, there is no reason to suppose that anyone for whom extradition was refused in the rest of the UK would necessarily see it granted in Scotland," said a spokesperson.

"Scottish Ministers also have no power to act in contravention of the European Convention on Human Rights." µ


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