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Judicial Review To Decide Of McKinnon's Fate In June 2009

Gary McKinnon has been handed yet another lifeline as it was revealed that a court will decide whether McKinnon's Asperger's syndrome should have been taken into consideration by the CPS.

According to ZDNet, the High Court Judicial review will "focus on whether McKinnon's diagnosis with Asperger's syndrome was taken into account during his appeals process."

The CPS rejected McKinnon's request to be trialled in the UK earlier this week and the hacker seemed doomed, having gone through a number of previous reprieves.

A number of high profile supporters have publicly voiced their support for McKinnon. They include Singer Sting, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Prof Simon Baron-Cohen, director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University and Terror law watchdog Lord Carlile.

Of course, the decision by the CPS comes during the week when former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Binyam Mohamed returns to the UK after what Duncan Campbell from the Guardian, calls "his appalling mistreatment at the hands of the US authorities". He also questions whether the UK government should offer another British citizen to the US criminal justice system.

McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp, has also written to President Barack Obama, pleading her son's case with probably the only man in the US who can reverse the extradition and grant him pardon.

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There's something fundamentally flawed about the way McKinnon is being treated by the British Government. It surely has nothing to do with the fact that he is of Scottish origin. The government seems to have done more for Binyam Mohamed, who is not even a UK citizen, than for McKinnon and this doesn't bode well for the rest of us.

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Désiré Athow
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.