Mike Lynch can be extradited to the United States to encounter fraud fees, a choose has ruled.
A choose explained the British technology millionaire, who faces decades in jail if observed guilty about the sale of his computer software firm to Hewlett-Packard in 2011, must be sent to California to respond to felony fees.
The ruling will now go to the Household Place of work to finalise the selection.
“I’ve turned down your numerous problems beneath the Extradition Act,” District Judge Michael Snow told Mr Lynch at Westminster Magistrates’ Courtroom on Thursday.
“I am needed to send your scenario to the Secretary of Point out for a selection about whether you are to be extradited to America.”
The scenario is probably to spark a diplomatic row. Campaigners have fiercely opposed Mr Lynch’s extradition, and the Severe Fraud Place of work declined to pursue fees against him.
US prosecutors have accused Mr Lynch, 56, of 17 counts of fraud linked to the £7.1bn takeover of Autonomy, a previous FTSE one hundred firm, to H-P in 2011.
Lawyers for Mr Lynch, who denies any wrongdoing, have explained the fees as a “travesty of justice”, saying the deal concerned a United kingdom firm and was a issue for the British courts.
Mr Lynch will enchantment the selection to the Large Courtroom, explained his lawyer, Chris Morvillo of Clifford Opportunity.
“Dr Lynch is let down that the Courtroom has ruled against him without ready for the Large Court’s judgment in the civil scenario that examined all these concerns. Dr Lynch denies the fees against him.
“At the request of the US Office of Justice, the Courtroom has ruled that a British citizen who ran a British firm detailed on the London Stock Exchange must be extradited to America about allegations about his conduct in the United kingdom. We say this scenario belongs in the United kingdom. If the Household Secretary nonetheless decides to get extradition, Dr Lynch intends to enchantment.”