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Gary McKinnon's UK legal meeting is pushed back to December

Met Police and Crown Prosecution Service push back
Fri Nov 30 2012, 13:20

THE CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE (CPS) has revealed that a meeting scheduled to take place before the end of November to discuss the possibility of taking new action against alleged hacker Gary McKinnon has been postponed until December.

The CPS had initially said that the meeting would take place at the end of November and would also involve representatives from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). However, it confirmed to our sister IT news website V3 on Thursday that no meeting had taken place.

"The meeting hasn't taken place yet and won't be this week," a spokesperson said.

The lawyer for McKinnon, Karen Todner also confirmed to V3 that she had not heard anything from the CPS about the meeting.

The panel meeting will decide whether to pursue a new investigation into McKinnon's alleged activities, rather than issuing legal proceedings against him directly.

Nevertheless, Gary McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp said earlier this month that it would be "a spectacular turnaround" if the CPS were to bring charges against her son over alleged hacking of US government computers in 2002.

"The CPS refused us for 10 years as they said they were unable to prosecute Gary as they didn't have the evidence required," she said.

The delay comes in the same week that student Richard O'Dwyer agreed to a plea bargain with US authorities to avoid extradition over his TV Shack website.

This was welcomed by O'Dwyer campaigner and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, although he again raised his concerns about the UK legal system being used to threaten people with extradition, despite the alleged crimes having been committed in other nations. µ


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