United Kingdom blocks U.S. extradition of alleged hacker Lauri Love

United Kingdom blocks U.S. extradition of alleged hacker Lauri Love

"This is especially important in cases of vulnerable people like Lauri Love", she said.

The judges said that, if proven, "these are serious offences indeed".

Love, who suffers from Asperger Syndrome and depression, was arrested in October 2013 by officers of the UK's National Crime Agency posing as UPS couriers.

Judge Quentin Purdy rejected those arguments at his extradition hearing, finding that the United Kingdom legislation was sufficiently similar to the USA laws under which O'Dwyer was being charged. Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen described him as "a man with several severe disabilities" during his initial extradition hearing in 2016.

The High Court in London ruled in Lauri Love's favor, amid wild scenes.

Love, who was charged in New Jersey, New York and Virginia, allegedly hacked into the networks of the Federal Reserve, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, and other government computers between 2012 and 2013.

Someone accused of the charges facing Love could spend up to 99 years in an American prison if convicted a USA court.

A psychiatrist, Professor Baron-Cohen of Cambridge University, prepared a report on Love that was read by the judges.

"If he is taken to America he is going to be incarcerated in an American system which is not geared up for that kind of support".

Mr Love, 32, who lives with his parents near Newmarket in Suffolk, was present in court to hear the ruling in his favour - which was greeted by a loud cheer from the packed public gallery.

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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.

Having identified a high risk of suicide, she "properly assessed whether and how that risk could be managed were the appellant to be extradited".

One of the attacks was launched from a computer server in or around Romania, which prosecutors said was leased by Love.

"We believe that if he is extradited, there is a great probability that he will end his own life".

An autistic British man accused of hacking into US government agencies won his appeal against extradition to the United States on Monday but was told he should be prosecuted in Britain instead.

The Forum Bar to extradition was brought in in 2013 by then Home Secretary Theresa May.

An order to extradite him should be quashed, the Lord Chief Justice added.

The case sparked accusations of hypocrisy from critics citing other cases where British citizens with Asperger's had not been saved from extradition.

Kaim Todner, the law firm representing Love, hailed the ruling as a "landmark judgement".

Many of O'Dwyer's supporters argued that he should not face charges under USA copyright laws for offenses that were not illegal in the UK.

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