Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Pentagon Hacker McKinnon Earns Extradition Delay

John Leyden writes on The Register:

Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon has been granted a short reprieve from possible extradition to the US while a European court decides whether or not to intervene.

Law lords rejected McKinnon's appeal against extradition last month, leaving the European Court of Human Rights as his final avenue of appeal. McKinnon's solicitors Kaim Todner have lodged an appeal to the European court arguing that strong arm tactics used by US authorities during plea bargaining negotiations and concerns that McKinnon may be subject to a military tribunal constitute a violation of his human rights.

In a brief statement, Kaim Todner said the court had granted McKinnon "interim relief" against extradition until 28 August, in order for his application to considered before the full chamber of presidents of the European Court of Human Rights. David Dinkeldein, a solicitor at Kaim Todner, explained that the injunction prevents McKinnon's extradition until at least 28 August. The case will be considered on the basis of written papers, and no hearing has been scheduled.

More here.


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