MP group says McKinnon extradition should be stopped

Darren Allan

November 13, 2009

The notorious case of NASA hacker Gary McKinnon has witnessed another development, with a government committee urging clemency in his treatment.

The Home Affairs Select Committee has implored the Home Secretary to halt the extradition on compassionate grounds due to McKinnon’s worsening state of mind.

“Because of Mr McKinnon’s precarious state of mental health, the committee is of the view that he should not be extradited to the USA and that you should exercise your discretion in this case,” the chairman of the committee, Keith Vaz, wrote in a letter to the Home Secretary.

McKinnon suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, and is said to be a suicide risk if extradited to the US, where he could potentially face a 60 year prison term.

The Home Secretary is currently considering the matter and new evidence on McKinnon’s state of mental health.


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