Gary McKinnon Extradition Blocked

Mr McKinnon's counsel Edward Fitzgerald QC and Ben Cooper welcome the decision of the Home Secretary to withdraw the order for extradition of Gary McKinnon.

We have always argued that he should be tried in England if he is tried anywhere and have fought for the forum bar to be introduced for several years and welcome the fact that the Home Secretary has now introduced the forum bar. This means that the courts will be empowered to stop extradition in the interests of justice when the person requested should be tried here rather than abroad in the requesting state.

It is important that what protected Gary in this case was Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights and the Human Rights Act itself. Those who condemn the Human Rights Act should recognise that this was the only protection available to prevent the unjust extradition of Gary McKinnon. Before the introduction of the Human Rights Act there would have been nothing we could have done to stop the extradition.



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