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Deadline set for the UK to decide to extradite Mike Lynch to the US.

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The UK is likely to decide whether to approve the extradition of Mike Lynch to face fraud charges in the US for the sale of his software company Autonomy for $ 11 billion to Hewlett-Packard before the Supreme Court resolves a case. separate civil on the agreement.

Lynch is accused by the United States of allegedly manipulating Autonomy accounts, which led Hewlett-Packard to pay an additional $ 5 billion for the company. Hey denies any wrongdoing.

His case is currently in the hands of Home Secretary Priti Patel after a London court ruled in July that Lynch could be extradited. Patel twice delayed his decision on the matter, and the Home Secretary’s lawyers asked the Westminster magistrates court on Thursday for a further extension, until mid-March.

Rosemary Davidson, the attorney representing Patel, told the court that it was now likely that the public ruling in the civil lawsuit would only come in January.

Davidson told the court that it was an “unusual and complicated case” and that the home secretary wanted to make her decision in light of all the material that could be potentially relevant.

The court heard that Lynch’s team feared there was a “real risk” that US prosecutors could press new charges or alter his case based on evidence from the civil case.

But District Judge Michael Snow ruled Thursday that he would only grant an extension until Dec. 16. This likely means that Patel will not have seen the Superior Court ruling when he makes his decision, although he theoretically has the power to take longer than the time limit imposed by the court.

Patel has very little reason to block Lynch’s extradition. If she decides to approve Lynch’s removal, he can immediately appeal to Superior Court.

Snow spoke out on Lynch’s extradition in July and rejected arguments against his extradition, saying he was satisfied that it was not an abuse of process.

The Lynch case has a broader meaning for British business executives, setting an important precedent for those accused of criminal offenses. The extradition treaty between the UK and the US signed with the US in 2003 has long been criticized by MPs for being biased in favor of the US Lynch’s spokesman declined to comment.

The Home Office said: “Extensions can be made to make a decision on any given case under the Extradition Act of 2003. The Home Secretary is fully considering the issues raised in this case.”

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