Gary McKinnon will not be extradited from the UK to the USA
October 16, 2012 5:25 AM Subscribe
British computer hacker Gary McKinnon will not be extradited to the US, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced.
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]. She stated that "a decision to extradite would be incompatible with Mr McKinnon's human rights." on grounds of his mental illness(es) and propensity for suicidal thoughts. On a broader level she has also indicated that a forum bar
will be available in future extraditions to the USA, meaning a court will be able to consider whether it would be more appropriate for a trial to be held in the UK.
McKinnon's case has been on-going for a decade and has been discussed here before
). The announcement of a forum bar is particularly interesting as the UK has a very rapid, wide-ranging and much criticised extradition treaty with the USA. Where crimes were allegedly committed online (everything from frauds to running a torrent listings site) extradition may be more difficult in the future.
McKinnon may still face trial in the UK. His case will be considered by the Director of Public Prosecutions.