BRITISH NASA hacker Gary McKinnon could be tried in the UK, the Attorney General has said.
According to the Telegraph, the hacker who has fought a six-year battle against extradition to the US could be tried here after a judicial review was deemed as providing "guidelines only".
Last month, we reported that a review of extradition treaty agreements between the US and the UK ruled that extradition arrangements were operating fairly, which was bad news for McKinnon.
The review of the treaty began in September and followed complaints about the agreement, not to mention McKinnon's six year fight against extradition.
An extradition for the UFO obsessed Aspergers sufferer has long seemed like an inexorable eventuality. However, on Tuesday Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General said the review carried out by retired judge Sir Scott Baker offered "guidelines only".
Grieve also said that the Government was mulling the option of giving British judges new powers to bar extradition.
The Telegraph reports that in the House of Commons Grieve was asked whether he would give judges discretion to allow cases such as McKinnon's to be tried in the UK. He replied, "That is touched on in Sir Scott Baker's report and it is one of the matters which will have to be taken into account when the Government responds to it.
"His proposals are rather more in the nature of guidelines rather than the implementation of the forum bar itself. That is one of the matters the Government is going to have to consider." µ
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