Mike Lynch can be extradited to US, judge rules
Mike Lynch can be extradited to the United States to face fraud charges, a judge has ruled.
A judge said the British technology millionaire, who faces decades in prison if found guilty over the sale of his software company to Hewlett-Packard in 2011, should be sent to California to answer criminal charges.
The ruling will now go to the Home Office to finalise the decision.
“I’ve rejected your various challenges under the Extradition Act,” District Judge Michael Snow told Mr Lynch at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
“I am required to send your case to the Secretary of State for a decision about whether you are to be extradited to America.”
The case is likely to spark a diplomatic row. Campaigners have fiercely opposed Mr Lynch’s extradition, and the Serious Fraud Office declined to pursue charges against him.
US prosecutors have accused Mr Lynch, 56, of 17 counts of fraud related to the £7.1bn takeover of Autonomy, a former FTSE 100 company, to H-P in 2011.
Lawyers for Mr Lynch, who denies any wrongdoing, have described the charges as a …
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