UK tech giant founder Mike Lynch can be extradited to US
Mike Lynch, former chief exec of Autonomy, has reportedly lost in London's Westminster Magistrates' Court an early stage of his fight against extradition from the UK to the US.
District Judge Michael Snow is said to have announced his decision at a virtual hearing earlier this afternoon, also handing down a written judgment.
One of Lynch's public relations advisers confirmed the news to The Register, which is also being reported on subscription-only legal newswire Law360.
The loss is at a very early stage in the case. It will now go to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, for her to approve (or reject) the request. Lynch's route of appeal then goes to the High Court.
The surprising ruling came despite statements in court earlier this year that the outcome of the extradition case would be put on ice until the High Court delivers its ruling in HPE's long-running civil fraud case against Lynch. The IT exec's barrister, Alex Bailin QC, had told Westminster Magistrates' Court: "This court has agreed to wait for the outcome of the civil trial before making its …
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