Autonomy Founder Mike Lynch Can Be Extradited To US
The founder of UK software firm Autonomy can be extradited to the US to face charges of conspiracy and fraud, a London court has said. The BBC reports: Mike Lynch sold Autonomy to US computer giant Hewlett Packard (HP) for $11 billion in 2011. He denies allegations that he fraudulently inflated the value of Autonomy before the sale. Dr Lynch has been facing civil charges at the High Court in London, where HP is suing him for damages over the deal. But separately, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) is pursuing criminal charges against him. Judge Michael Snow said he would deliver his ruling in that action without awaiting the civil verdict, saying it was “of limited significance in the case.” Dr Lynch was released on bail by the judge in London.

Dr Lynch told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that the decision was not unexpected, because of the terms of the extradition treaty the UK has with the US. “We have this imbalance and this default extradition treaty which can be used [in] any dispute that’s going on with American companies and their interests.” “The insanity of this extradition treaty [is that] it doesn’t rely on any facts,” he suggested. Dr Lynch added that he felt the extradition treaty was “imbalanced” and that the British public did not realize that the US justice system works entirely differently to the UK’s. He said it was “particularly egregious” that the DoJ was not waiting to see the full judgement from the UK High Court, which will be due in nine weeks’ time.

He claimed his former chief financial officer Sushovan Hussain, who was jailed for five years in 2019, did not receive a fair trial. Dr Lynch said no defense witnesses turned up to Mr Hussain’s trial because they were told they would be arrested if they entered the US. His lawyer Mr Morvillo said:”At the request of the US Department of Justice, the court has ruled that a British citizen who ran a British company listed on the London Stock Exchange should be extradited to America over allegations about his conduct in the UK. “We say this case belongs in the UK. If the home secretary nonetheless decides to order extradition, Dr Lynch intends to appeal.”

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