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article imageUK judges block US extradition of alleged hacker Lauri Love

By AFP     Feb 5, 2018 in Internet

British judges on Monday rejected a US request for the extradition of a man accused of hacking into thousands of US government computers, an AFP reporter in the court said.

Lauri Love, 33, faces charges in the United States for allegedly hacking into the networks of the US Federal Reserve, US Army and NASA, among others, in 2012 and 2013.

Kaim Todner, the law firm representing Love, hailed what it called a "landmark judgement".

"The British justice system has taken the stance that we should deal with the matter ourselves, rather than accept the US government's demands," it said.

"It has also been recognised that mental health provisions in US 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.

Love suffers from Asperger's syndrome.

Judge Ian Burnett handed down the ruling, to cheers from people in the public gallery at the High Court in London.

Love, who has dual British and Finnish citizenship, was arrested at his home in Britain in October 2013.

He had appealed against a 2016 British court ruling that he could be extradited to the United States to face the charges.

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