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Lauri Love wins appeal against extradition to US

The alleged computer hacker Lauri Love has won an appeal in the High Court against an earlier decision to extradite him to the United States.

Love had been facing extradition for a number of alleged offences, which include breaking into the computer systems of the US Department of Defence, NASA, the Federal Reserve and the US Army.

The case for Love’s appeal in the High Court centred on the fact that, like a number of other young men convicted of hacking in recent years, Love suffers from mental illness – he has both Asperger’s Syndrome and depression – that would have put him at a “high risk” of suicide if transported into the US prison system.

The decision, which was handed down by Lord Chief Justice Burnett, followed a hearing in November. The original ruling that Love would be extradited took place in September 2016.