Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Extradition to the USA for Irish computer hacktivist?

Extradition to the USA is governed by EXTRADITION ACT, 1965 which prohibits extradition for "political crimes"

Political offences.

[Art. 3]

11.(1) Extradition shall not be granted for an offence which is a political offence or an offence connected with a political offence.

(2) The same rule shall apply if there are substantial grounds for believing that a request for extradition for an ordinary criminal offence has been made for the purpose of prosecuting or punishing a person on account of his race, religion, nationality or political opinion or that that person's position may be prejudiced for any of these reasons.


  1. In what way isthis regarded as a political crime? If he must infer his attacks were political in nature, that might look bad.

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  3. What is regarded a political crime exactly? Anonymous is a political organisation of hackers who have campaigned for the Arab Spring , against draconian measures on censorship etc etc I note the Irish boy hacktivists are not charged with any terror related offences nor have they been charged with credit card stuff that seems to have been done after the FBI turned a supergrass in a cell.

    I would say that political activism for a cause even through hacking is political if it is done with a political intent and a political goal in mind!!

    What the politics is I would say is a matter of the boyhacktivists and their legal team but People Korps will mobilise all effort to ensure that the children do not go to USA gulag system which under clause 2 above would amount to torture not imprisonment. If a first world country wants to run a third world prison system and torture facilities like Gitmo its not my fault it is yours/theirs.
    The USA can not be a global prison nor a prison for Irish citizens just because the FBI desire it. We have laws too!!

  4. Not so sure I could call these 'boys' children....


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