Home Secretary to decide on Gary McKinnon extradition "on or around 16th October"

The Daily Mail reports:

Gary McKinnon's agony due to drag on as extradition decision won't be made until the autumn

By Michael Seamark

PUBLISHED: 01:39, 25 July 2012 | UPDATED: 08:43, 25 July 2012


Lawyers representing Theresa May told the High Court she would decide 'on or around October 16' whether Mr McKinnon, 46, would be sent to the US to stand trial.

Hugo Keith QC cited the Home Secretary's 'all-consuming' involvement in the Olympic Games as one reason for the delay.

Medical experts say Mr McKinnon, who has Asperger's syndrome, may kill himself if he is sent abroad.

His mother Janis Sharp said yesterday: 'The evidence is there that Gary is unfit for trial and a considerable suicide risk.

'We need this decision. This delay is wrong - morally wrong.'


Hugo Keith QC, representing Mrs May, told the High Court she needed time to consider three new medical reports submitted by lawyers representing Mr McKinnon and wanted to announce her decision ' on or around October 16' once Parliament is sitting.

He also cited the Home Secretary's ' increasing and now all-consuming involvement in the Olympic Games - the biggest peacetime operation since the Second World War.'

But Mrs Sharp said: ' If Theresa May has got an ounce of compassion she would make her decision now before the Olympics because she has any number of medical reports - these delays are destroying my son's life.

' There is already enough evidence from two Home Office-approved experts - one appointed by the Home Secretary - and there is another four in all.

'She should show a little bit of compassion. Gary cannot cope any more.

The Olympics is an opportunity for a country to show its heart and courage to the World and giving a vulnerable man like Gary his freedom from ten years of mental torture would have shown the best side of who we are as a nation.'

Are we seriously meant to believe that every working hour of Theresa May's day is taken up by mismangement of the Olympics security ?

If she really is so obsessed and cannot delegate to trusted subordinates, she should resign as Home Secretary.

Remember that this case has already been mishandled by no fewer than 5 previous (Labour) Home Secretaries: David Blunkett, Charles Clarke, John Reid, Jacqui Smith & Alan Johnson