Hacker refused right to appeal against Home Secretary

COMPUTER hacker, Gary McKinnon has been refused the right to appeal the Home Secretary's decision to extradite him. In August Mr McKinnon, 42 and a former Highgate Wood schoolboy, lost his appeal at the European Court of Human Rights to prevent his extrad

COMPUTER hacker, Gary McKinnon has been refused the right to appeal the Home Secretary's decision to extradite him.

In August Mr McKinnon, 42 and a former Highgate Wood schoolboy, lost his appeal at the European Court of Human Rights to prevent his extradition to the US for trial. He allegedly caused £700,000 of damage when he hacked into US military systems from his Crouch End home in 2002.

But Jacqui Smith has refused a written judicial review by Mr McKinnon's lawyers Kaim Todner.

Last month's application stated that his extradition would be a breach of his human rights and of detriment to his health.

Mr McKinnon's solicitor, Karen Todner, now has until December 5 to apply for an oral judicial review.

Mr McKinnon has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome since the computer hacking into Nasa and US naval networks, which he admits but claims he was researching for evidence of UFOs.