British Hacker facing extradition to US
April 4, 2007 - 2:20AM
A British computer hacker accused of committing one of the largest ever cyber-attacks on the U.S. government lost a High Court challenge Tuesday to avoid extradition to the United States.
Gary McKinnon - an 41-year-old ex-computer systems administrator known online as "Solo" - had challenged a decision by Home Secretary John Reid to send him to the United States to face trial for illegally accessing military and NASA computer systems.
Free Gary McKinnon
Remember that the House of Lords does not automatically have to decide to hear such an appeal
- they refused to do so in the case of the NatWest 3 bankers, David Bermingham, Giles Darby and Gary Mulgrew but have done so in the case of Ian Norris, the retired chairman of Morgan Crucible.
Vest Say's. The House of Lords is the archaic upper house of the British system of Government which in the main houses a bunch of witless peers who are allowed to orchestrate their feudal opinion in the pretence of good government.
Gary McKinnon will apply for leave to appeal to the House of Lords within 14 days.
The High Court has expressed its disapproval of the deliberately coercive plea bargaining tactics deployed by the US in the strongest possible terms.
See paragraph 54 of the judgement of the High Court:"We make no secret of the fact that we view with a degree of distaste the way in which the American authorities are alleged to have approached the plea bargain negotiations. Viewed from the perspective of an English court the notion that a prosecutor may seek to induce a plea of guilty on the basis that substantial benefits will be withdrawn if one is not forthcoming is anathema. We refer on particular to the providing and withdrawal of support towards repatriation. " [Paragraph 54 of the judgement]
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