A British tech tycoon was yesterday behind bars in the United States a…
A British tech tycoon was yesterday behind bars in the United States awaiting criminal trial over a UK business deal - sparking fury over the ‘terrible' extradition treaty between the two countries.
Mike Lynch, founder of software firm Autonomy, could face 20 years in prison over fraud charges relating to the £9billion sale of his company to US firm Hewlett Packard in 2011.
Critics say he is a victim of ‘almost imperialist' behaviour by the US government.
Lynch's treatment stands in stark contrast to that of Anne Sacoolas, the US diplomat who killed teenager Harry Dunn in a road accident in Britain.
An attempt to extradite Sacoolas to Britain to be prosecuted was rebuffed and she was handed a suspended sentence via videolink to the Old Bailey while staying put in her own country.
David Davis, who was Tory shadow home secretary at the time the US-UK extradition agreement was signed by the Labour government in 2003, said it was a ‘really terrible treaty'.
Mike Lynch, founder of software firm Autonomy, could face 20 years in prison over fraud charges relating to the £9billion sale of his company to US firm Hewlett Packard in 2011
Lynch, 57, was remanded in custody on Thursday by a judge in California after arriving on a commercial flight accompanied by US marshals.
The businessman had fought extradition for nearly four years, arguing he ought to be tried in Britain.
He ran out of avenues of appeal last month and is thought to have subsequently agreed the date of his travel to the US to face prosecution on the understanding he would remain on bail.
However, Judge Charles Breyer ordered Lynch to pay an £80million bond, hand over his passport and to be placed under 24-hour armed guard, paid for by himself, at an address in San Francisco.
Lynch's team are understood to have been unaware that he would face a requirement to be under armed guard.
Until the bail conditions are met he is to remain in custody, thought likely to be at the court house or a police holding cell rather than a prison.
The judge concluded that the businessman presented ‘a serious and substantial risk of flight' because of his wealth, estimated by the court at £360million. The judge rejected Lynch's argument that his use of legal means to fight extradition ‘does not indicate that he would resort to illegal remedies by absconding before trial in this case'.
Lynch, 57, was remanded in custody on Thursday by a judge in California after arriving on a commercial flight accompanied by US marshals
Lynch has been extradited to stand trial over an alleged fraud linked to the 2011 sale of software firm Autonomy to Hewlett-Packard (file picture)
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