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Home Affairs Committee

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The mother of computer hacker Gary McKinnon has told the Home Affairs Committee that her son would "rather be dead" than sent for trial in the United States.

Janis Sharpe made an emotional plea as she appeared before MPs on 10 November 2009.

She told them Gary, who has Asperger's Syndrome, was already fragile mentally and would get worse if he was extradited.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson defended the extradition treaty with the US, saying critics treated America like an "enemy state".

Due to a technical fault, the captions in this video read 11 NOV. The date of this hearing was 10 November.

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