As it happened: Gary McKinnon extradition decision

Key points

  • Home Secretary Theresa May has blocked the extradition of computer hacker Gary McKinnon to the US
  • The home secretary says there was no doubt Mr McKinnon is 'seriously ill' and the extradition warrant against him should be withdrawn
  • Mr McKinnon's mother says she is 'overwhelmed' and the decision is a victory 'for the little person'

Live text


  • Sarah Bell 
  • Julian Joyce 

Last updated 16 October 2012


Good morning, and welcome to our live coverage as the home secretary decides whether Gary McKinnon can be extradited to the US on charges of hacking into US military computers.


Mr McKinnon, who admits accessing US government computers but claims he was looking for evidence the US government suppressed UFO technology, has been fighting extradition since 2002.


Reports suggest that home secretary Theresa May will also announce changes to Britain's extradition arrangements with the US. Mr McKinnon's case has been highlighted by critics who say it is too easy for the US to demand the handover of UK citizens.


Gary McKinnon

Mr McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp, has told the BBC her son had lived a "zombified life" for the past decade, which had "destroyed him".



tweets: Let's hope Theresa May does the right thing by poor old Gary McKinnon.


BBC legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman says it would be a "seismic change" if Home Secretary Theresa May were to introduce a measure that would make it more likely UK citizens would be tried in the UK.



tweets: Anxious to hear the Gary McKinnon verdict later. I'll be appalled if he is even considered for deportation.


Here's some background to the case for you. Mr McKinnon has previously lost appeals in the High Court, the House of Lords and European Court of Human Rights against his extradition. However two years ago a High Court judge ruled Mr McKinnon would be at risk of suicide if sent away.