Mike Lynch can be extradited to US, judge rules

Mike Lynch, the alleged architect of Britain’s greatest corporate fraud, has endured a critical defeat in his fight from extradition to The united states as he seeks to stay away from possibly many years in jail.

The Autonomy founder, who is wished on prices of fraud in excess of the sale of the software package company, moved a action closer to trial on US soil immediately after District Decide Michael Snow stated it was “in the passions of justice” to extradite him. Mr Lynch denies all prices.

Previous ministers attacked the determination, expressing any allegations from the businessman really should be examined in the Uk and that the decide has disregarded impending evidence.

Legal professionals for Mr Lynch – the moment hailed as Britain’s reply to Monthly bill Gates – stated they anticipate to enchantment the determination if it is approved by the Property Secretary.

The fifty six-calendar year-old faces seventeen counts of fraud in the US in excess of the $eleven.7bn (£8.5bn) sale of Autonomy, the FTSE 100 company he launched, to HP in 2011.

HP wrote down practically all of Autonomy’s price a calendar year immediately after the deal, saying that previous executives at the company had inflated its revenues and earnings.

David Davis, the previous shadow household secretary, stated it was an “outrage” that Mr Lynch really should be tried in a US court docket.

“This is all about the buy of our largest software package company, Autonomy, from the London Stock Exchange, and a voluntary buy by Hewlett Packard. That all happened in Britain,” he stated.

“The implication of that for a company position of look at, is that each single buy or agreement by an American company, will be adjudicated by the American court docket. Which is really really serious put up-Brexit.”

Andrew Mitchell, the previous intercontinental enhancement secretary, stated: “This is a bizarre, incomprehensible determination that usually means none of us are harmless from the achieve of American prosecutors. The Property Secretary really should mirror extremely cautiously certainly ahead of agreeing that this extradition can go forward.”