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Mike Lynch acquittal turns spotlight on UK-US extradition deal

Last week, a US jury acquitted Mike Lynch, one of the UK’s former leading tech entrepreneurs, of fraud.

He spent around one-third of his 12-year legal battle fighting extradition to the US.

His case has fuelled criticism of the extradition arrangements between the UK to the US, with critics calling them “desperately unfair” and too favourable to the US.

Nick Vamos was quoted in The Financial Times, commenting on the two countries’ appetite to pursue alleged criminals abroad.


“The US is just more aggressive at pursuing people overseas. When [the US and UK] are both interested in the same person, often the result is ‘well the US are more advanced and so we’ll let them proceed’.”