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By nAbAt | February 5, 2018 - 13:45 | Posted in General (News) | Comments Off on Lauri Love wins battle against extradition to US

Lauri Love wins battle against extradition to US

US officials demanded he be tried there but Mr Love, who has Asperger syndrome, said he feared dying in jail there. Appeal judges said it would “not be oppressive” to “prosecute Mr Love in England for the offences”.Mr Love, 33, speaking outside the court, said he hoped he had set a “precedent so this will not happen to people in the future”.

“I’m hoping that this outcome can contribute to the discussion we are having as a society about how to accommodate people that have neuro-diversity, whose brains are made up in a slightly different way,” he said. “There is an ongoing problem with people with autism in the justice system – they have actually been debating it in Westminster Hall. “I hope in the future to be able to contribute to a slightly better understanding of the stigma associated with depression.”
‘High risk’ His father Alexander Love said: “This is a victory for justice. What makes Great Britain great is that we live in a place with wisdom and compassion.”

Authorities in the US have been fighting for Mr Love to face trial on charges of cyber-hacking, which lawyers have said could have meant a sentence of up to 99 years in prison if he was found guilty. Mr Love is alleged to have stolen huge amounts of data from US agencies, including the Federal Reserve, the US army, the defence department, Nasa and the FBI in a spate of online attacks in 2012 and 2013.

However, his supporters had warned if he was extradited there was a “high risk” Mr Love, who has Asperger syndrome, would kill himself. He has also been diagnosed with a depressive illness. Mr Love added: “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 he was “very thankful for all the support” he had received. In their written ruling, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and Mr Justice Ouseley stated: “If the forum bar is to operate as intended, where it prevents extradition, the other side of the coin is that prosecution in this country rather than impunity should then follow.”

The judges said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the UK “must now bend its endeavours to his prosecution” with help from the US authorities to recognise “the gravity of the allegations in this case, and the harm done to the victims”. They pointed out “the CPS did not intervene to say that prosecution in England was inappropriate”, adding that “if proven, these are serious offences indeed”.

Lauri Love’s extradition ruling

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