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Hacker's extradition delayed

PUBLISHED: 17:29 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:50 07 September 2010

THE decision to extradite US computer hacker and former Crouch End resident Gary McKinnon has been pushed back by up to four weeks. Mr McKinnon, 42 and a former Highgate Wood pupil, is currently awaiting extradition after being accused of causing $700,000

THE decision to extradite US computer hacker and former Crouch End resident Gary McKinnon has been pushed back by up to four weeks.

Mr McKinnon, 42 and a former Highgate Wood pupil, is currently awaiting extradition after being accused of causing $700,000 worth of damage when he allegedly hacked into US security systems from his Hillfield Avenue home in 2002.

Today (Tues), his lawyers received a letter from the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, which said that Mr McKinnon would not be extradited until the director of public prosecutions (DPP) had considered his signed confession.

Last month, Mr McKinnon, who faces up to 60 years in an American prison, signed a formal confession which pleaded guilty to computer misuse, in an attempt to have him tried in this country.

On Friday, a decision will be made on an oral application for a judicial review heard today (Tues) at the High Court. But, even if lost, he will remain until the DPP's decision.

Janis Sharp, Mr McKinnon's mother, told Broadway: "I'm worried about the decision on Friday because I wasn't sure the application went well.

"But I'm pleased we have four more weeks with Gary and they can't send him anywhere.


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