"I will Make a Representation to the Home Secretary on behalf of Gary McKinnon but only if 10 United Kingdom voters will do likewise."
— George, UK supporter of Gary McKinnon
Deadline to sign up by: 8th June 2006
745 people signed up (735 over target)
Country: United Kingdom
I will make a Representation to the Home Secretary, Rt. Hon. John Reid MP, to stop the Extradition of Gary McKinnon to the United States of America, where he faces charges of "hacking" into US Military computer systems.
Gary McKinnon is not entirely innocent, however, he is 40 years old, and is facing a possible sentence of over 60 years in prison and a million dollar fine i.e. a disproportionately harsher sentence than for violent criminals or terrorists, which he clearly is not.
Unlike the British Guantanamo Bay detainees, Gary is actually accused of "attacking" the US Military, and so cannot expect a fair trial in the USA.
Gary McKinnon should be tried in the United Kingdom, under the UK Computer Misuse Act 1990
which should take precedence over any foreign laws, since he committed the alleged offences physically in London, where he was arrested and released without charge in 2002.
The unequal and unfair UK-US Extradition Treaty
means that no prima facie evidence of the alleged "damage" which he is alleged to have done has been brought before a UK Court, where it could be challenged. If the UK Government wanted to extradite somone from the USA, then they would have to provide such reasonable prima facie evidence to a court in the USA.
You can send an email or a letter to:
Home Secretary Rt Hon. John Reid MP
c/o Direct Communications Unit
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
They should acknowledge your email or letter within 20 working days at most.
Representations need to be made within 6 weeks from May 10th 2006 i.e. by Wednesday 21st June 2006. Postal letters should probably be sent no later than Monday 19th June 2006.
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