By Paul Christian, Reporter
Friday, March 16, 2012
THE mother of UFO hacker Gary McKinnon has praised Prime Minister David Cameron, for specifically raising the issue of her son’s extradition with President Obama.
Janis Sharp, who lives in Brookmans Park, said she was “nervous” but “hopeful” that her son would now be tried in this country after Mr Cameron’s determined plea to Mr Obama during this week’s official visit to the US.
She told the WHT: “Obviously I think it’s excellent.
“I know that he [David Cameron] raised Gary’s case specifically with Obama, I hope that this will lead to Gary being tried in the UK.”
She said US concessions would “show respect to David Cameron if this came about.”
And it would “show the relationship is strong and one of equality”.
She added: “David Cameron has gone to Obama three times now and I hope it is third time lucky.”
She said it was “brilliant” that the Prime Minister had raised the issue on three occasions with the President and was a measure of how serious he was about Mr McKinnon’s case.
She also said: “We stand by America in everything we do so for this tiny so for this tiny little thing people should be allowed to be tried in the UK.”
After a private meeting this week Mr Cameron said: “I raised this issue with President Obama today and we had a good discussion.
“We will be following this up with further talks between our teams.
“We have carried out an independent review of the treaty, which found that it was balanced, but I recognise there are concerns about how it’s implemented in practice and that’s what our teams will look at.”