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Hacker suspect Lauri Love avoids extradition to the US

On Monday a London High Court ruled that Finnish-British student Lauri Love will not be extradited to the US on charges of hacking high-level government targets.

Lauri Love
Lauri Love in London on 5 February. Image: Neil Hall / EPA

The Finnish-British hacking suspect Lauri Love has won his appeal against extradition to the United States.

In 2013 Love was accused of hacking into several high-level targets in the United States, among them the FBI, NASA, and the Federal Reserve. If found guilty in a US court, he could have faced a sentence of up to 99 years in prison.

Following the verdict on Monday, 32- year old Love thanked everybody for their support, however he is not yet in the clear as he could still be charged an tried for his offences in Britain.

Love was ordered to be extradited in 2016. He appealed the decision and hearings began late last year.

Love's has been diagnosed with Asperger's and is said to suffer from a depressive illness. His legal counsel said Love would be at high risk of suicide if courts were to send him to be tried in the US.

According to a statement released by Love’s solicitors, the decision not to extradite Love to the US also spoke to alleged inadequate mental health provisions in the US prison system.

If an appeal of the High Court ruling on the extradition is filed, it would be heard by the UK's Supreme Court.

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