UK Home Secretary delays decision to extradite Mike Lynch from US – Telegraph
September 28 (Reuters) – British businessman Mike Lynch has been granted a stay for fraud in the United States after British Home Secretary Priti Patel postponed the decision on his extradition for two months, reported Tuesday the Telegraph.
Patel delayed his verdict on whether to approve Lynch’s extradition until November 29 following a vocal campaign from former ministers, including David Davis, who asked him to extend the deadline until November 29. ‘from a civil lawsuit, according to https: // bit. ly / 3m4MXgJ in the newspaper.
A UK court said in July that Lynch could be extradited to the United States on charges, including securities fraud, related to the $ 11 billion sale of his company, Autonomy, to Hewlett Packard.
HP alleged that Lynch fraudulently inflated Autonomy’s value prior to its sale in 2011. Lynch denied any wrongdoing.
The Home Secretary has few options to block extradition directly and is expected to ultimately approve it. But a delay could influence Lynch’s chances of appealing the extradition to the High Court, the newspaper added.
The Home Office did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment, but a spokesperson told the newspaper that Patel was giving full consideration to the issues raised in the case. (Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; editing by Dan Grebler)