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Courts Love to hear extradition appeal next week

ALLEGED computer hacker Lauri Love will find out on Monday whether he has won his appeal against extradition to the United States to stand trial on charges of taking data from government agencies.

Two judges sitting at the High Court in London will give their decision on his case.

Mr Love, 32, could up to 99 years in jail if he is found guilty of cyber-hacking charges by a US court.

His appeal lawyer told two judges during a High Court hearing in November that his extradition would not be in the “interests of justice” for a number of reasons, including the “high risk” that Mr Love, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, would kill himself.

Edward Fitzgerald QC argued that if he is to stands trial, this should take place in Britain because it would be “unjust and oppressive” to extradite him.

Mr Love’s appeal centres on a September 2016 ruling by a district judge at Westminster magistrates’ court that he could be extradited.

He is alleged to have stolen data from several US agencies, including the Federal Reserve, the army, the Pentagon, Nasa and the FBI, in a spate of online attacks in 2012 and 2013.

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