"Mother of British hacker thanks 'brave' home secretary for withdrawing extradition order on human rights grounds"
The dramatic decision by Theresa May to defy the US authorities by halting the extradition of British computer hacker Gary McKinnon, has been greeted with delight by campaigners and politicians from all parties.
The home secretary told MPs she had taken the quasi-judicial decision on human rights grounds because of medical reports warning that McKinnon, 46, who has Asperger's syndrome and suffers from depressive illness, could kill himself if sent to stand trial in the US.
The irony that May's most popular decision as home secretary was taken because of the Human Rights Act, which she has pledged to scrap, was not lost on her critics. But in a promised overhaul of the extradition laws that accompanied the decision, May indicated that future home secretaries would be stripped of the very power that she had used to save the computer hacker.
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