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January 14, 2010

McKinnon extradition may be unlawful

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by Darren Allan

The latest instalment in the seemingly never-ending Gary McKinnon saga is that a High Court judge has said the Home Secretary could arguably have acted unlawfully in allowing his extradition.

McKinnon – who stands accused of hacking into US military computers – has been granted a further judicial review of the Home Secretary’s decision to allow the US to go ahead.

This hearing will take place in April or May, according to reports, so McKinnon is at least safe from extradition until then.

If he is extradited, McKinnon could face up to 60 years in an American high security prison. His legal team have argued against this based on evidence that his poor state of mental health means he isn’t fit to face this prospect, and a potential suicide risk.

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