That was Sharp (far right), Gary McKinnon’s mother who seven years ago also stood alone against the George Bush administration as it too, tried and almost succeeded, to railroad the UK government into sending her son Gary for what would have been a phony trial in the US.
But she’s no longer alone. In the picture with her is Trudie Styler, wife of rock star Sting, who more than a year ago flew in from Italy to be with Gary and Janis as a High Court pondered on whether or not Gary should be tried for his alleged offences in Britain.
And Trudy is only one of celebrities and people around the world still rooting for Gary, who once described himself as a “bumbling computer nerd,” as he and his mother fight to have his case heard in his home country.
Says the Wikipedia, “McKinnon was originally tracked down and arrested under the Computer Misuse Act by the UK National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) in 2002 who informed him that he would face community service. The Crown Prosecution Service refused to charge him. Later that year he was indicted by the United States government. McKinnon remained at liberty without restriction for three years until June 2005 (after the UK had implemented a new extradition treaty with the US) when he became subject to bail conditions including a requirement to sign in at his local police station every evening, and to remain at his home address at night. In addition, he was banned from using a computer with access to the Internet. There have been no more developments in respect of the charges relating to United Kingdom legislation but in late 2005 the United States began extradition proceedings.
If he’s extradited to the US and charged, he faces up to 70 years in jail, it says adding, “He continues to contest the extradition proceedings and believes that he should face trial in the UK, principally as he argues that the destruction allegations are fraudulent and that any alleged crimes were committed there and not in the United States.”
UK Prime Minister David Cameron (right) said, after talks with US president. Barrack Obama, “clearly [there’s] a discussion going on between the British and the Americans about this and I don’t want to prejudice those discussions.
“We completely understand that Gary McKinnon stands accused of very important and significant crime in terms of hacking into vital databases and […] and I hope a way through can be found …
Meanwhile, “The Home Secretary Theresa May has today decided to delay further any announcement on whether to extradite Gary McKinnon to the U.S on computer hacking charges,” says planet Ivy, adding,
“Home Office lawyers told the High Court … that the delay was needed because of May’s involvement in the Olympics.
“The decision will now be pencilled in for mid October 2012.”
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