Gary McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp, has told V3 that she “firmly believes” that home secretary Theresa May will back her son's cause and refuse to extradite him to the US. To do otherwise would be “political suicide”.
Solicitors acting for McKinnon had earlier confirmed there would be no early decision from May about the case. The home secretary's decision is now expected to made by 16 October.
“I firmly believe that Theresa May will rule in favour of Gary being kept in the UK,” Sharp told V3.
“Both David Cameron, the prime minister and Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister used Gary as a core part of their election campaign to get into power.
“No government would use a vulnerable autistic man to gain support from the British public to help them come into power, and then throw him to the dogs when they feel they no longer need him, after he had endured 10 years of mental torment. This would be political suicide.”
Sharp also said she believed that the majority of the British public were backing her son.
“If Theresa May had already announced that Gary would be kept in the UK, she would have achieved the loudest ever cheers at the Paralympics.”
Earlier this year, May was rumoured to be personally concerned that McKinnon had not been medically examined by Home Office-appointed officials.
But McKinnon's team rejected an approach for further medical examination, arguing that the doctor suggested by the Home Office did not have the necessary experience to make an accurate judgement of McKinnon's condition.
Doctors acting for McKinnon have previously testified that he should not be extradited on medical grounds.
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