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Lauri Love case: Hacking suspect wins extradition appeal

Lauri Love case: Hacking suspect wins extradition appeal

Alleged computer hacker Lauri Love outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on Monday where has won his appeal against extradition to the US.

He was accused of hacking into and stealing data from several US government departments, including the US Federal Reserve, Department of Defense, NASA and the US Army. Mr Love has Aspergers syndrome and suffers from depression.

"The reason I've gone through this ordeal is not just to save myself from being kidnapped and locked up for 99 years in a country I've never visited, said Love, who has dual British and Finnish citizenship".

"The way that mental health is dealt with in America is not in any way therapeutic", Love told the BBC back in September of 2016. "I have Asperger's and I have depression, so suicide is a real risk". Love faced as much as a 99-year sentence in prison if he were sent to the USA for trial.

"It has also been recognised that mental health provisions in United States prisons are not adequate to satisfy us that Lauri would not have come to serious harm if he were extradited", the firm said in a statement.

The ruling came down today after Love's attorneys argued that he suffered from depression and was at risk of dying by suicide if he were placed in solitary confinement in the U.S., a disciplinary tactic seen by most of the developed world as torture.

He was arrested at his home in Britain in October 2013. In 2012, Prime Minster Theresa May - then the home secretary - blocked a USA request for McKinnon to be extradited.

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The appeal process began in November 2017.

However, the decision lays the groundwork for British prosectors to take on the case, with the judges noting "it would not be oppressive to prosecute Love in England for the offences alleged against him". The CPS, which acts on behalf of the USA authorities, said it will consider the judgment before deciding whether to appeal.

"The CPS must now bend its endeavours to his prosecution, with the assistance to be expected from the authorities in the United States, recognising the gravity of the allegations in this case, and the harm done to the victims".

"We emphasise however that it would not be oppressive to prosecute Mr Love in England for the offences alleged against him", they wrote.

An American expert in the case plainly stated that if Love were sent to America, "his ability to make decisions would be severely compromised", given the brutality of U.S. jails. She is now prime minister. US prosecutors accused McKinnon of executing "the biggest military computer hack of all time".

Lawyers for the 32-year-old, who lives in Suffolk, had argued that he should be tried for his alleged crimes in the United Kingdom and that he would be at risk of killing himself if sent to the US. "I'm not looking forward to being prosecuted but I think there's a better chance that it will be done justly and fairly in the U.K".


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