Gary McKinnon who is facing extradition to the US for hacking Pentagon and NASA computers, has had another reprieve.
The High Court has granted permission for a judicial review of Home Secretary Alan Johnson’s decision that he can not intervene in the extradition process.
A hearing is likely in April or May 2010, and will take place against the background of a general elections campaign.
McKinnon is an Asperger's sufferer and his lawyer Karen Todner has said he is in a “very poor mental state” as a result of the “ongoing pressure of these proceedings”.
Todner called on US President Obama to withdraw the application for McKinnon’s extradition, and for the Home Secretary to review his decision not to intervene in the extradition.
McKinnon admitted to the hacking but said he was looking for evidence of UFOs rather than trying to cause damage to US military computers.
The British government initially approved McKinnon's extradition in 2006. The UK authorities decided not to prosecute McKinnon, although his alleged crimes occurred in the UK because most of the evidence and witnesses are in the US.