Lauri Love: Hacking suspect awaits extradition appeal decision

Lauri Love: Hacking suspect awaits extradition appeal decision

Lauri Love: Hacking suspect awaits extradition appeal decision

USA officials requested Love's extradition on cyber-hacking charges alleging he compromised government networks between October 2012 and October 2013 and stole data.

Accused hacker Lauri Love wins appeal to avoid extradition to the United States, but could still face charges in the UK. His lawyers said it would be "unjust and oppressive" to send him to the U.S.to face trial.

USA authorities have 14 days to request an appeal on the decision. Twelve months later, the UK's Crown Prosecution Service quietly announced that he had been released from bail.

Love's case bears a striking resemblance to that of Gary McKinnon, who was also accused of hacking U.S. government computers and fought extradition for a decade.

"Finally, the judges noted that it is now on the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] to endeavor to try Lauri Love in the United Kingdom".

The High Court in London ruled against allowing Lauri Love to be extradited, although judges said it would still be possible to prosecute him in England.

Peter Caldwell, representing the U.S., made submissions inviting the judges to dismiss Love's appeal.

Two High Court judges now hearing the latest appeal agreed with their argument, with the decision greeted by raucous cheers from Love's supporters who packed the court.

"The High Court judges disagreed with the District Court on whether the forum bar should apply in Lauri's case and on the prospect of proper medical care to treat the likely risk of suicide should Lauri have been sent to a US prison". In practice, this means that during trial proceedings for a case in which a US citizen might be granted bail, UK suspects often have to stay in prison in the United States as they have no USA residence. "We're hopeful that other people may be able to rely on this verdict to ensure that they're treated more humanely by the justice systems", he said.

British human rights organisation Liberty was among the voices welcoming the court's decision not to extradite Love to the United States.

Like Love he was suspected of multiple hacking offences and was seen as a high suicide risk due to suffering from Aspergers and depression.

A spokesman for Mr Love's solicitors, Kaim Todner, said it was "important" the British justice system "has taken the stance that we should deal with the matter ourselves, rather than accept the USA government's demands".

As Home Secretary Theresa May blocked the extradition of Gary McKinnon, another hacker suffering Asperger's syndrome and depression who was judged to be a suicide risk.

District Judge Tempia ruled there was nothing "unlawful or improper" in extraditing Love to America after accepting that these were, legally, three separate jurisdictions.

27 February 2014: Mr Love is accused of a of hacking into US Federal Reserve computer servers and stealing the personal information of users.

Related news