Home Secretary ponders extradition decision after tycoon loses High Court fight

1/27/2022 12:50:00 AM

Priti Patel is set to decide whether Mike Lynch should be extradited to the United States by the end of the week

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Mike Lynch : Priti Patel is set to decide whether Mike Lynch should be extradited to the United States by the end of the week

Priti Patel is set to decide whether Mike Lynch should be extradited to the United States by the end of the week

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Ms Patel subsequently asked District Judge Michael Snow if she could have until March 2022 to make that decision. Judge Snow refused her application and said she should make a decision before Christmas. After talks between the US and Russia failed to resolve the crisis, the US is apparently now preparing to move troops to the region if an incursion into Ukraine happens. Mr Lynch challenged that ruling by Judge Snow and wanted Mr Justice Swift to overturn it. Oliver Sanders QC, for the Attorney General, told the High Court: “This is a breach of confidence case where there is a dispute between the parties as to whether certain information can be published. Mr Justice Swift refused. Sean Pinner left his waste management job in England to join the Ukrainian army, fed up with a long commute and 16-hour days. He said, in the light of his decision, Ms Patel had two working days in which to decide whether to extradite. The 27-year-old also faces charges of large commercial drug supply, and directing the activities of a criminal group, among others.

Lawyers said the deadline was now midnight on Friday. He told Sky News: "My home city is Mariupol, so for all intents and purposes I am defending my adopted city now, and my family. Mr Justice Chamberlain said he was satisfied part of the hearing should be in private, but that it should remain behind closed doors only for the “minimum possible time”. A Home Office spokeswoman said, after Mr Justice Swift’s ruling: “The Home Secretary continues to give full consideration to the issues raised in this case.” Mr Justice Swift had said, in a written ruling, that Judge Snow’s decision had “come nowhere near” usurping any of Ms Patel’s functions. He was promoted to section commander just six months after signing up, and is currently on his fourth tour of duty. “It was for the judge to decide whether there was sufficient reason to grant the extension requested,” said Mr Justice Swift in his written ruling on Wednesday. He also said that certain documents in the case, which were previously restricted, can be made available to the press and public. “The judge was entitled to expect a clear explanation of the reasons why the extension was needed. Sean explained that most of his colleagues in the army look to the West, rather than towards Russia, with many hoping to go to university and move to places such as Germany and the US. After further investigations, police have charged another five men, including Hamze, who are all due before Parramatta bail court on Wednesday.

” He added: “No such explanation is immediately apparent from the reasons relied on by the Secretary of State.” Mr Justice Swift said the decision deadline set by Judge Snow had been extended to cater for Mr Lynch’s High Court challenge. "European governments need to give Ukraine more in terms of the capacity to be able to defend themselves," he told Sky News. “We are unable to comment further at this stage, beyond confirming that we would not pursue any story unless it was felt it was overwhelmingly in the public interest to do so and fully in line with the BBC’s editorial standards and values. US authorities have accused Mr Lynch of being involved in a multibillion-dollar fraud in America over the sale of his software company, Autonomy, to Hewlett-Packard in 2011 for 11 billion dollars (£8.5 billion), which resulted in “colossal financial losses” for the US firm. For the latest breaking news and stories from across the globe from the Daily Star, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here. They claim that he deliberately overstated the value of his business, which specialised in software to sort through large data sets.”.

Mr Lynch denies all charges against him. Lawyers representing the US government argued that Mr Lynch’s challenge to Judge Snow’s ruling should be dismissed. Ms Patel wanted to consider another judge’s ruling, in a separate High Court case involving Mr Lynch, before making an extradition decision. Lawyers had told Mr Justice Swift that that ruling – by Mr Justice Hildyard – was imminent. Mr Justice Hildyard began overseeing a High Court trial in London more than two years ago.

Hewlett-Packard sued Mr Lynch, and Autonomy’s former chief financial officer, Sushovan Hussain, for around five billion dollars (£3.8 billion) over its purchase of Autonomy in 2011. The technology giant claimed Mr Lynch “committed a deliberate fraud over a sustained period of time” to artificially inflate Autonomy’s value, which it says forced it to announce an 8.8 billion dollar (£6.7 billion) write-down of the firm’s worth just over a year after its acquisition.

Mr Lynch argued that Hewlett-Packard was trying to make him “a scapegoat for their failures”. MORE ABOUT .