Gary McKinnon extradition ‘on hold’

By | May 20, 2010

Gary McKinnon extradition 'on hold'

The extradition of Scots-born computer hacker Gary Mckinnon has been put on hold.

Mr McKinnon, 44, who was born in Glasgow and now lives in London, is wanted in the US for hacking into Pentagon computers.

His legal team confirmed that the Home Secretary has decided to postpone a judicial review hearing into his extradition that was due to be held next week so that the issues surrounding the case can be considered.

Mr McKinnon was arrested in 2002 after American prosecutors accused him of hacking into military computer systems, the Department of Defence and Nasa, as well as sabotaging vital American military systems after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

They say his actions caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage but Mr McKinnon says his motivation for his unauthorised use of sensitive networks was to find information on UFOs held by the US government.

If found guilty, Mr McKinnon could face up to 70 years in jail in the US.

via Gary McKinnon extradition ‘on hold’ | Scotland | STV News.

One thought on “Gary McKinnon extradition ‘on hold’

  1. Intrachresodist

    They should either send him or deny the USA with finality. We’ve had 8 years of hearing about how Gary McKinnon shouldn’t have to face trial in the USA and endless amounts of judgements and appeals; this extradition thing has cost society more than either letting the guy go, or putting him into prison.

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