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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 March 2019

Alleged British hacker loses legal bid to reclaim seized computers

Lauri Love won an appeal in 2018 against extradition to the US

Lauri Love pictured in 2018. AFP
Lauri Love pictured in 2018. AFP

A British court has blocked a legal bid by an alleged hacker to have his seized computers returned to him.

Lauri Love, 34, faces charges in the United States over a series of cyber-attacks on agencies including Nasa, the FBI and the US Army in 2012 and 2013.

Last year, judges in Britain rejected a US request to extradite Mr Love, who has Asperger’s syndrome, citing concerns over mental health care provisions in American prisons.

Mr Love had argued - using a law introduced in 1897 called the Police (Property) Act - that he had "the right to privacy and respect for private property".

Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA), which seized four computers and a memory card in 2013, said the UK investigation into Mr Love was still ongoing.

In her ruling at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, district judge Margot Coleman said she was satisfied that the NCA had the power to retain the computers.

Updated: February 19, 2019 06:19 PM

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