MPs from the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties will meet home secretary Alan Johnson today to ask him to stop the extradition of self-confessed hacker Gary McKinnon to the US.
McKinnon (picture/Rex Features) faces charges that he hacked hundreds of US government and military computers in 2001 and caused damage worth thousands of dollars. McKinnon denies causing any damage but admits hacking the computers, saying he was looking for evidence of UFOs and sustainable energy from alien technology.
The delegation is expected to include former Labour minister Michael Meacher, former shadow home secretary David Davis and LibDem home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne.
They are expected to present a detailed legal opinion to Johnson, arguing that the government is wrong to believe that it cannot intervene in the extradition process once the courts have made their decision. McKinnon has lost every legal battle against extradition to date, but has agreed to be tried in the UK and to serve any sentence here.
McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, is appealing the most recent judgement, which cleared the way for his extradition despite his illness.
In July, more that 40 MPs signed a letter to US President Barack Obama asking him to stop McKinnon's extradition.
More on the McKinnon case can be found here.
- Hacker with Asperger's syndrome gets reduced sentence 11 August 2009
- Government wants McKinnon to serve sentence in UK 3 August 2009
- McKinnon faces extradition despite suicide risk 31 July 2009
- Gary McKinnon: UK IT pros believe he should stay in the UK 31 July 2009
- McKinnon case thrown out by High Court 31 July 2009
- Gary McKinnon loses case to avoid extradition, could face 60 years in jail 31 July 2009