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Courts High Court rules extraditing Love to US would be ‘oppressive’

However the alleged hacker could face a criminal trial in Britain

ALLEGED hacker Lauri Love won his battle against extradition to the US yesterday after the High Court ruled that it would be “oppressive” to send him away.

Mr Love now faces the prospect of a criminal trial in Britain, with judges finding: “It would not be oppressive to prosecute Mr Love in England for the offences alleged against him. Far from it.”

US authorities had sought Mr Love’s extradition on cyber-hacking charges, for allegedly stealing data from several US agencies, including the Federal Reserve, the army, the Pentagon, Nasa and the FBI.

Mr Love’s lawyers said he faced a sentence of up to 99 years in prison if found guilty and was at a “high risk” of suicide if extradited.

Speaking outside court, Mr Love said: “This decision is important for the appropriate administration of criminal justice and also for the humanitarian accommodation of people whose brains work differently.”

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