Judges try to speed up Gary McKinnon extradition case

By | January 30, 2012

Judges try to speed up Gary McKinnon extradition case

Two judges attempted to speed matters up by listing it for a hearing in July.

They acted after hearing that the Home Secretary is ”considering afresh” whether Asperger’s sufferer McKinnon should be extradited to the US to face trial for hacking into top secret US military computers in 2002.

Edward Fitzgerald QC, appearing for McKinnon, told the judges it was hoped Theresa May would now block US government extradition moves so there would be no more need for court action.

The evidence of medical experts before her showed McKinnon, 45, was ”suffering from a serious mental disorder and there is a serious risk of suicide if extradited”.

Mr Fitzgerald said of the marathon case: ”We hope it will never come back to court.”

McKinnon, from Wood Green, north London, claims he was looking for evidence of UFOs when he hacked into 97 Nasa and Pentagon computers from his flat.

Just before Christmas, his mother Janis Sharp called for her son to be tried in Britain and said attempts to remove him to America had “destroyed” his life.

She said he was facing his 10th Christmas since his arrest and suffering severe depression amid predictions that he could receive a sentence of 60 years for hacking into top secret US military computers in 2002.

American officials have demanded that he is tried in the US despite expert opinions obtained by McKinnon’s legal team warning that his mental condition could lead him to commit suicide.

Ms Sharp said in her latest media interviews: “Our argument is to try Gary here and to be given a proportional sentence.”

Another argument is that his removal should be delayed until his current treatment programme for his medical condition is completed.

via Judges try to speed up Gary McKinnon extradition case – Telegraph.

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