The British Home Secretary, Theresa May, yesterday defied American authorities by halting the extradition of British computer hacker Gary McKinnon, a decision criticised by the US State Department but welcomed with delight by campaigners and politicians across parties in the UK.
In a dramatic House of Commons statement, May told MPs she had taken the quasi-judicial decision on human rights grounds because of medical reports warning that McKinnon, 46, who has Asperger syndrome and suffers from depressive illness, could kill himself if sent to stand trial in the US.
The irony that May’s most popular decision as Home Secretary was taken because of the Human Rights Act, which she has pledged to scrap
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