David Burrowes, MP for Enfield Southgate, questioned the Prime Minister last week about the looming extradition of alleged hacker Lauri Love to the US.
Love, who suffers from Aspergers Syndrome, depression and psychosis, stands accused of hacking into United States Government Computers including the US Army, NASA and the Missile Defence Agency. Should he be found guilty, he faces a possible 99-year prison sentence on foreign soil.
He does not believe he would receive justice should he be extradited. Giving evidence at Westminster Magistrates Court, Love stated “sadly, what I expect [in an American prison are] the urges, the depression, the helplessness … I will exercise what remains of my self-control and I will take my life.”
On Wednesday, Burrowes pressed the PM on why earlier safeguards he had successfully campaigned for were being ignored:
“A young man with Asperger syndrome awaits extradition to the United States facing charges of computer hacking and is very likely to kill himself. It sounds familiar.
“He is not, of course, Gary McKinnon, who was saved by the Prime Minister but Lauri Love who faces, in effect, a death sentence.
“So when the Prime Minister introduced the forum bar, which introduced – in her words – “greater safeguards for individuals”, surely she expected it to protect the vulnerable? Like Gary McKinnon, like Lauri Love.”
The PM responded by emphasising that it was “for the courts to determine the human rights aspects of any case that comes forward.” She did, however, concede that the Home Secretary plays a role in the legal process.
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