Lauri Love exclusive: 'In America I'd die in detention - that's not right'

Lauri Love: 'Extradition treaty is unbalanced because they don't need evidence'

Lauri Love

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Lauri Love has spoken exclusively to talkRADIO about his extradition nightmare, telling Julia Hartley-Brewer that if he is sent to America "the chances are I would probably die in detention."

The alleged hacker also said that all he wants is "British justice for a British citizen" and suggested he would not get fair treatment from the US legal system.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd signed off on the 31-year-old's extradition order this week. He is due to face charges of stealing data from key US government departments, like the FBI and the Federal Reserve, in 2012 and 2013. If convicted, he faces up to 99 years in prison. 

Love, who has Asperger's syndrome, plans to appeal the order, trying to ensure he gets a fair trial.

Love told Julia Hartley he is still waiting to be charged with a crime and see evidence before he forms his defence, because it "hasn't actually been established" that he is "in any way involved or committed any criminal acts."

He claimed the non-requirement of prosecutors in the States to provide evidence makes it "unbalanced," adding: "All I'm asking for is one trial under British law, with British justice for a British citizen. If any crimes were committed, they were committed here in Britain, and I would happily have my day in court and face any setence. 

"It has to be proproportionate, with the chance of rehabilitation at the end of it, and I wouldn't get that in America because the chances are I would probably die in detention and never see the light of day again.

"The extradition treaty is completely unbalanced and they don't have to provide evidence. It hasn't actually been established that I am in any way involved or have committed any criminal acts. With the chance that I would die before trial or never receive one, I'm not sure if it can be seen that Justice is being done."

Listen to the full interview above.