McKinnon gets more time to appeal hacking extradition

Self-confessed hacker Gary McKinnon has won more time to seek a judicial review of the Home Secretary's decision to refuse halt his extradition to the US.

Self-confessed hacker Gary McKinnon has won more time to seek a judicial review of the Home Secretary's decision to refuse halt his extradition to the US.

Lawyers at Kaim Todner, which represents McKinnon, said Treasury solicitors acting for Home Secretary Alan Johnson had agreed to allow them until 10 December to prepare their case. They had orginally asked for an extension to 17 December.

In a parliamentary debate yesterday Johnson said the US was the right place for McKinnon to face trial.

He said the Crown Prosecution Service and the UK and Europe's highest courts had supported McKinnon's extradition.

Although McKinnon, who suffers from an autistic condition called Asperger's syndrome, is said to be suicidal, Johnson said there was nothing in European human rights legislation that persuaded him that McKinnon should not be extradited.

The 43 year old faces up to 60 years in jail for hacking Pentagon and other federal computers between 2001 and 2002.

Some 23 MPs called on Johnson to rescind his decision during the debate.

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