Fresh calls to PM over Gary McKinnon extradition case

all credits: Enfield Independent
published: 13th July 2011

An MP has raised the case again of Enfield hacker Gary McKinnon with the Prime Minister. David Burrowes restated his concern for Palmers Green resident Gary McKinnon during today’s Prime Ministers Questions. The MP for Enfield Southgate asked Prime Minister David Cameron: “While I recognise that the Home Secretary has a legal process to follow, does the Prime Minister share the concern for my constituent’s nine-year nightmare?

“He feels that his life is literally hanging by a thread that is waiting to be cut by extradition.” Mr McKinnon is facing extradition to the US accused of hacking into sensitive government databases.

His case is currently resting with Home Secretary Theresa May, who is seeking further medical evidence before deciding whether to approve the extradition. Mr Cameron, in his reply, said he had raised Mr McKinnon’s plight with US President Barack Obama during his recent state visit.

He added: “I think the point is that it is not so much about the alleged offence, which everyone knows is a very serious offence, and we can understand why the Americans feel so strongly about it.

“The case is now in front of my right honourable friend the Home Secretary, who has to consider reports about Gary McKinnon’s health and well-being.

“It is right that she does that in a proper and effectively – I am sorry to use the word again today – quasi-judicial way.”