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McKinnon lawyers seek judicial review

Lawyers seeking a judicial review for Nasa hacker Gary McKinnon lodged fresh evidence of his psychiatric state at the High Court on Thursday.Karen Todner, McKinnon's solicitor, said in a press statement that in addition to the medical reports, commentary was submitted on assurances that McKinnon would be looked after by US authorities.
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Lawyers seeking a judicial review for Nasa hacker Gary McKinnon lodged fresh evidence of his psychiatric state at the High Court on Thursday.

Karen Todner, McKinnon's solicitor, said in a press statement that in addition to the medical reports, commentary was submitted on assurances that McKinnon would be looked after by US authorities.

"The evidence served includes all previous medical reports together with an up to date psychiatric report on Gary's mental wellbeing and two reports, one English and one American, commenting on the assurances which have been provided on behalf of the US Government to accommodate Gary's illness," said Todner. "We hope that on receipt of these documents the home secretary may reflect and reconsider his position."

Todner and the rest of McKinnon's legal team have requested a judicial review of home secretary Alan Johnson's decision not to intervene in McKinnon's extradition to the US. McKinnon, who has Asperger's syndrome, is suicidal, and is on medication. He faces extradition to the US to face charges of "the biggest military hack of all time".

McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp has organised a protest in support of McKinnon outside the Home Office in Marsham Street on Tuesday 15 December, from 12 noon to 2pm. At two, the demonstration will proceed to Buckingham Palace, where some of the campaigners will leave flowers and cards for the Queen, to draw attention to McKinnon's situation.

However, according to Sharp, the police have warned that campaigners may be arrested if they attempt to go to the palace.

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