Court to decide on extradition of Suffolk man accused of hacking US agency computers

An autistic man from Stradishall accused of hacking US Government computers will find out this afternoon if he will be extradited from Britain to face trial.

Lauri Love, 31, who has Asperger Syndrome, says he holds little hope of justice if tried in the US, arguing a jail term in the States would cause his health to deteriorate and may lead to a breakdown or suicide.

Mr Love is accused of stealing data from a number of US agencies including the Department of Defence, the Federal Reserve, the FBI and Nasa in online attacks in 2012 and 2013.

US authorities have fought to bring Mr Love over the Atlantic to face charges of cyber-hacking in the United States, which Mr Love’s lawyers say could mean a sentence of up to 99 years if found guilty.

Mr Love and his family want him to face justice in UK, suggesting the US system coerces people into pleading guilty for reduced sentences.

A judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court will today decide whether Mr Love will extradited to face the possibility of three separate trials in different jurisdictions.

The case is set to be one of the first big cases to test the ‘forum bar’, a way for courts to block extradition if it is in the interest of justice to have them tried in Britain instead, brought in by former home secretary Theresa May.

The judge is due to give his decision on the extradition at 2pm today, and also set a date for Mr Love’s case against the National Crime Agency over its retention of computer equipment it seized from him.


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