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Ray of hope for computer hacker Gary McKinnon

PUBLISHED: 12:36 23 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:51 07 September 2010

COMPUTER hacker and former Crouch End resident, Gary McKinnon, has won permission to dispute the decision to extradite him to the United States Mr McKinnon, 42 and a former Highgate Wood pupil, was awaiting extradition after being accused of causing $700,

COMPUTER hacker and former Crouch End resident, Gary McKinnon, has won permission to dispute the decision to extradite him to the United States

Mr McKinnon, 42 and a former Highgate Wood pupil, was 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.

In August 2008, he lost his appeal at the European Court of human Rights, the highest court in the land, and the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, ordered his extradition.

But, on Tuesday, his lawyers argued that his late diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome in August was not considered in the original trials and his extradition could lead to his mental health deteriorating and possible suicide attempts.

And today, his application at the High Court for a judicial review into the Home Secretary's decision was granted.

Karen Todner, Mr McKinnon's solicitor said: "We're absolutely thrilled."

The judicial review will begin in March.

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