AN activist from Trowbridge is campaigning to keep Lauri Love in England.
The former John of Gaunt pupil, who has Asperger’s Syndrome and now lives in Suffolk, is facing extradition to America after being accused of hacking into the FBI, the US central bank and Nasa.
Ruth Greening, who is friends with the 31-year-old’s parents, has been putting flyers up along Wingfield Road and Bradford Road to raise awareness.
“I’m campaigning for Lauri because if it were my son in that situation I would hope others would do the same,” she said.
“Lauri may have done some stupid things but he should not be extradited.
“He said he might be tempted to contemplate suicide if he were to be tried in the US, which would be absolutely awful.
“Over 100 MPs have said that they think Lauri should be tried in the UK – surely that should mean something?”
Comparisons can be drawn between this case and that of Gary McKinnon, who was accused in 2002 of perpetrating the ‘biggest military computer hack of all time’.
Theresa May, who was Home Secretary at the time, withdrew her extradition order against Mr McKinnon in 2012 and Mrs Greening is hoping current Home Secretary Amber Rudd will do the same.
She added: “The two cases should not be treated differently.
“Lauri is an incredibly intelligent man, so perhaps his talents should be used here in the UK instead?”
Mr Love now has 14 days to appeal against the decision. If accepted, there will be a hearing next year.
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