UK Hacking Suspect Wins Appeal On Extradition To US

UK judges block US extradition of hacker Lauri

British judges on Monday rejected a United States request for the extradition of a man accused of hacking into thousands of U.S. government computers in a ruling that could set a precedent for similar pending cases.

"This is not just for myself", Love told press after the ruling.

Love has been diagnosed with clinical depression and suffers from stress-aggravated eczema, conditions which he manages with a complex medication regime and support from his parents.

Love lodged an appeal, and on Monday, the U.K. High Court of Justice issued its findings based on testimony it heard last November, ruling that the extradition request was denied.

The High Court in London ruled that Lauri Love's extradition wouldn't be allowed, although judges said it would still be possible to prosecute him in England.

A judge ordered his extradition following a request from the USA, leading to Home Secretary Amber Rudd signing an extradition order in 2016.

"I am greatly relieved that I'm no longer facing the prospect of being locked up in a country I have never visited", Love said after the ruling.

"The CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) 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", they wrote.

Lauri Love Wins Appeal, But Faces Prosecution in EnglandMathew J. Schwartz (euroinfosec) • February 5, 2018 Lauri Love speaks outside court on Feb. 5.

"But it's to set a precedent whereby this will not happen to other people in the future", Love told reporters outside High Court in London.

Ironically, CFAA is the very law that Love is alleged to have been protesting when the government computer systems had been attacked as part of an online action by hacktivists called #OpLastResort. We're fighting for what any other defendant would expect in the United Kingdom if they're accused of wrongdoing: "that they will be treated under the law of our country".

But America may still try to force his extradition through.

The Crown Prosecution Service and US prosecutors have 14 days to request an appeal hearing before the U.K. Supreme Court.

"We can't really comment on the likelihood of that happening", said Kevin Kendridge, head of extradition at Kaim Todner.

A spokeswoman for the US Department of Justice said it was reviewing the judgement and had no further comment.

In response, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that together with the London Metropolitan Police, it was opting to not open a new criminal investigation into McKinnon's activities, based in part on their having agreed that the best venue to prosecute McKinnon was in USA court. The alleged hacker will be tried in Great Britain and is now free on bail.

Love said he hopes it will provide a strong precedent.

"But I believe because we have won this victory we can look back on it and say it was worthwhile".

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