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UK Supreme Court Denies Extradition Appeal To McKinnnon

Hacker Gary McKinnon, who stands accused accused of breaking into US military systems, has lost what may be considered as his last chance to evade extradition to the US.

McKinnon, who has been suffering from Asperger’s syndrome and persistently saying that he was looking for details on UFOs, was told that his extradition to the US can’t be challenged in the newly formed UK Supreme Court.

This is because McKinnon’s case wasn’t reportedly considered to come under what is being referred to as wide enough public interest, the hacker was told yesterday . (You can read our lengthy coverage of the McKinnon Case here).

However, McKinnon’s lawyers aren’t simply ready to give up and asserted that they would take the matter to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to save the self-confessed hacker from a trail in the US where he could face prison term of up to 60 years.

Back in July, two senior judges dismissed judicial reviews into the handling of the hacker’s case by the Crown Prosecution Service as well as Home Office.

Responding to the judgement, McKinnon’s deeply anguished mother said: “No other country in the world would so readily offer its citizens to the US as sacrificial lambs merely to safeguard a ’special political relationship’. To use my desperately vulnerable son in this way is despicable, immoral and devoid of humanity”.

Our Comments

This is a sad case that has been going up for ages. McKinnon is not like any other criminal that often roams freely in this country. He hasn't hurt anyone and is not likely to reoffend. Extraditing him to the US could well be seen as a deeply flawed decision.

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