CPS Refuses Charges: McKinnon Be Extradited To US

>> Sunday, March 1, 2009

Gary McKinnon hoped to avoid extradition by being tried in the U.K. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that it would not bring charges against him. He is being extradited under the 2003 Extradition Act. Jacqui Smith says despite his Asperger's syndrome, there is no medical objection to his extradition for trial. Supporters include Sting and his wife Truide Styler, who have written to Jacqui Smith backing his case by telling The Mail, " It's a travesty of human rights that Gary McKinnon finds himself in this dreadful situation. Prof Simon Baron-Cohen, director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University, also backs Mr McKinnon. He said, "He should be tried in the UK and not treated as a terrorist but as a man with a social disability." McKinnon who is also being supported by London Mayor Boris Johnson is living in his home in Wood Green, North London, until the final decision is made. His mother Janis Sharp, said, "I’m heartbroken at the lack of compassion shown towards my son."

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