McKinnon decision due in October
McKinnon decision due in October

Home secretary Theresa May is to make a decision on the extradition of Gary McKinnon around the 16th October.

According to BBC News, Mrs May has rejected an appeal by McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp to bring forward a decision over extraditing Gary to the US but according to his lawyer Karen Todner, the home secretary will decide by 16th October.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Sharp said that despite the wait, she remained 'confident' that her son would be spared extradition and pointed out that both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats pledged to intervene in the case prior to the general election.

“They wouldn't use a vulnerable man for an election campaign and leave him for another two-and-a-half years... to then extradite him. They wouldn't do that and they couldn't. It would be inhumane,” she said.

If Mrs May allows the extradition to go ahead, his lawyers are expected to apply for a judicial review to challenge that decision. Todner told BBC News: “Should the decision from the home secretary not be in Mr McKinnon's favour, the High Court has fixed the case for hearing on November 28th and 29th."

McKinnon has been fighting extradition since 2006 after he hacked into the Pentagon ten years ago looking or evidence of aliens.