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McKinnon's Last Ditch Attempt Fails, Judicial Review only recourse left

According to Karen Todner, the lawyer representing British hacker Gary McKinnon, the UK government won’t intervene to stop the extradition of the hacker to US and neither has it guaranteed his return to UK to serve the sentence.

Todner appealed the home secretary Jacqui Smith to arrange McKinnon’s trial in UK, where he would receive much better treatment, or at least assure his return to UK for serving his sentence; but, the lawyer complained that the home department didn’t even make the request to US.

Meanwhile, a group of 30 people, including Gary’s mum Janis Sharp, protested against the Home Office last Friday in support of Gary McKinnon.

Expressing her resentment, Janis told that she would chain herself and Gary to a railing before she let anyone take her son to the US for trial against the hacking charges.

Todner already presented the evidences of Gary suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome, a type of autism, which explains his obsession for UFOs that made him to hack several computers related to US military.

McKinnon will now try to appeal for a judicial review and has 14 days to do so.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.