A separate legal system in Scotland is preventing cleared hacker Gary McKinnon from visiting his ill father.
According to The Register, McKinnon’s father, Charlie, is in hospital after suffering a stroke but lawyers for the London-based hacker have advised him against visiting his dad in hospital in Scotland because of the possibility he might be served extradition papers if he visits the country.
UK Home Secretary Theresa May withdrew an extradition order against McKinnon, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, on medical and human rights grounds in October 2012, but it is unsure if this ruling applies to the whole of the UK or just England and Wales.
Scottish authorities would be unlikely to grant an extradition requests refused by Westminster. Even so, it’s understandable that McKinnon and his family want to avoid even the possibility of getting tied up in another extradition fight.