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Gary McKinnon, Computer Hacker, To Learn If He Faces UK Charges

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Gary McKinnon is to learn whether he will be charged in the UK on Friday after his extradition to the United States was blocked by the government earlier this year.

Mr McKinnon, who has Asperger's syndrome, was permitted to stay in the UK on human rights grounds after medical reports showed he was very likely to try to kill himself if extradited.

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McKinnon was labelled as 'the biggest military computer hack of all time' by US prosecutors

The 46-year-old computer hacker from Wood Green, north London, would have faced up to 60 years in prison if convicted in the US.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC will announce whether he will face charges three months after home secretary Theresa May stopped the extradition.

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Janis Sharp, mother of computer hacker Gary McKinnon, leaves her home in Hatfield prior to Mrs May's statement earlier this year

Both prime minister David Cameron, who held talks on the case with president Barack Obama, and his deputy, Nick Clegg, previously condemned plans to send him to the US.

In an October statement, a spokeswoman for the US Department of Justice said: "The United States is disappointed by the UK home secretary's decision not to extradite Gary McKinnon, particularly given the past decisions of the UK courts and prior home secretaries that he should face trial in the United States.

"We note that the home secretary has described this case as exceptional and thus this decision does not set a precedent for future cases.

"The home secretary has acknowledged that Mr McKinnon is accused of serious crimes and that the United Kingdom's Director of Public Prosecutions will now consider whether Mr McKinnon has a case to answer in a UK court."

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