End in sight as UFO hacker Gary McKinnon’s case is adjourned for final medical report

13:30 11 July 2012

Janis Sharp with her son Gary McKinnon

Janis Sharp with her son Gary McKinnon

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UFO hacker Gary McKinnon has been given two weeks by the High Court to decide if he will take a medical test to determine if he is fit to be extradited.

Experts have said there is a high risk Mr McKinnon, who has Asperger’s syndrome, could kill himself if sent to face trial in the USA, but ministers, including Home Secretary Theresa May, want a new report.

The endgame appeared to be looming in the wrangle, which has been rumbling on for more than a decade, as Mrs May was said to be “very near” a decision.

Mr McKinnon’s mum Janis Sharp, who lives in Brookmans Park, is not keen on her son undergoing further tests as she said his mental state was already beyond doubt.

She told the WHT: “Gary has undergone numerous psychiatric assessments which continue to take their toll on his already extremely fragile mental state.”

She said psychiatric experts had “stated that it would be detrimental to Gary’s mental health to continue to have even more stress placed on him by forcing him to have further assessments.”

She added: “As Gary has been deemed unfit for trial and at extreme suicide risk, we are expecting Theresa May to rule in Gary’s favour within the next few weeks.”

Mr McKinnon, 46, admits hacking computers at Nasa and the Pentagon in 2002, but claims he was looking for evidence of UFOs and alien life.

Mr McKinnon has until July 19 to make a final decision and there will be a further hearing at the High Court on either July 23 or 24.

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