Joy for UFO hacker's mum after crucial House of Commons vote

PUBLISHED: 12:36 06 December 2011 | UPDATED: 12:48 06 December 2011

Janis Sharp with son Gary McKinnon

Janis Sharp with son Gary McKinnon

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THE mother of UFO hacker Gary McKinnon has spoken of her delight after winning a crucial Commons vote last night (Monday), which could halt his extradition to America.

Janis Sharp, of Brookmans Park, has been fighting Mr McKinnon’s extradition over allegations of hacking the computer systems of NASA and the Pentagon, for 10 years.

Mr McKinnon, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, was said to have been looking for evidence of UFOs and aliens.

But a vote in the House of Commons on Monday night looks set to prevent US prosecutors getting their man.

Ms Sharp told the WHT: “It was amazing – I was so pleased it was great to hear all the politicians standing up for British people.”

Although the result is not binding on the Government Ms Sharp believes it cannot be ignored.

“It [the motion] was passed, and you wouldn’t just ignore not only the public, but all your MPs as well,” she said.

She added: “Gary also has medical evidence which is extremely strong and meets the bar, so extradition should be rejected on that, but this gives the British Government the ability to justify it [refusal to extradite] to America.”

She said the “brilliant” result and the cross-party support for Mr McKinnon’s case from MPs across the political spectrum, from Tories including Dominic Raab, David Burrowes and former shadow Home Secretary David Davis to Labour’s ex-Europe minister Keith Vaz, had “restored my faith in the British system”.

She said Enfield Southgate MP Mr Burrowes had even been to remonstrate personally with the US Ambassador, who she said had raised his voice in a heated exchange where he said Mr McKinnon had “mocked” the USA.

But Ms Sharp added: “You wouldn’t extradite someone because they mocked you.”

As well as the “one-sided” 2003 treaty with the USA, the debate also centred on the European Arrest Warrant, which allows British citizens to be whisked away to other EU states.

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