Here is the text of the Press Release form Gary's lawyers, (Kaim Todner solicitors) following his lost Appeal to the High Court today. It gives some idea of the grounds on which his appeal to the House of Lords will be made.
Remember that the House of Lords does not automatically have to decide to hear such an appeal - they refused to do so in the case of the NatWest 3 bankers, David Bermingham, Giles Darby and Gary Mulgrew but have done so in the case of Ian Norris, the retired chairman of Morgan Crucible.
McKinnon v USA and Secretary of State for Home Dpt.
Gary McKinnon will apply for leave to appeal to the House of Lords within 14 days.
The High Court has expressed its disapproval of the deliberately coercive plea bargaining tactics deployed by the US in the strongest possible terms.
See paragraph 54 of the judgement of the High Court:
"We make no secret of the fact that we view with a degree of distaste the way in which the American authorities are alleged to have approached the plea bargain negotiations. Viewed from the perspective of an English court the notion that a prosecutor may seek to induce a plea of guilty on the basis that substantial benefits will be withdrawn if one is not forthcoming is anathema. We refer on particular to the providing and withdrawal of support towards repatriation. " [Paragraph 54 of the judgement]
We regret that the Court has not expressed its clear disapproval of the US Government's arbitrary interference with due process by halting Gary McKinnon's extradition as an abuse of the process of the English courts.