MPs accuse Theresa May of failing to address Donald Trump over extradition of Suffolk’s Lauri Love
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Over 70 MP’s have accused Theresa May of failing to intervene in the extradition case of a man from Newmarket.
Lauri Love, 32 and from Stradishall, is due to be extradited to the US to face trial over alleged cyber crimes against a number of American agencies.
However, in a letter sent to the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright, the cross-party group of MPs warned that there was a “great possibility” that Mr Love, who has Aspergers Syndrome, would end his own life if he were to be sent to the US to face trial. A copy of the letter was sent to the Prime Minister on Friday.
Mr Love, a student at the University of Suffolk, had had his extradition approved by Home Secretary Amber Rudd in November 2016 but has since chosen to appeal the decision.
The letter which was signed by Mr Love’s MP Matthew Hancock, stated: “If Mr Love has committed a crime, he should be prosecuted and justice should be served.
“We believe that if he is extradited, there is a great probability that he will end his own life. This has been confirmed by eminent medical experts who judge Mr Love’s suicide risk to be very high.”
The calls follow a similar letter which was sent to Barack Obama in October 2016 in which 100 MPs expressed their concern for Mr Love’s safety.
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Mr Love’s supporters have accused the Prime Minister of failing to raise Mr Love’s case with the president.
Naomi Colvin, a representative of the Courage Foundation, which runs Mr Love’s defence fund and support campaign, said: “To the best of my knowledge, and that of Lauri’s legal team and his family, the UK Government has not made any kind of representation to Donald Trump asking for us to be able to try Lauri here instead of him being extradited to the United States.
“More than a hundred MPs signed a letter to Barack Obama last year about Lauri and I don’t think the UK Government did anything to act on those concerns either.”
A Government spokesman said: “It is for a judge to decide on extradition cases and Mr Love’s appeal will be heard by the High Court later this month.
“As this is an ongoing case it would not be appropriate to comment further.”
A High Court Judge will consider the appeal against Mr Love’s extradition later this month.