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Autonomy founder Mike Lynch's pending extradition to the US has been kicked into the long grass again by the UK Home Office. Lynch is wanted in the US to stand trial on 17 charges of fraud and false accounting. He is alleged to have defrauded Hewlett Packard investors over the sale of British software firm Autonomy in 2011. I …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This is bonkers!

    Why isn't this being handled/reviewed by the Forum Bar?

    The subject is a Brit, that ran a Brit company, in Britain.

    HP went bonkers and over paid to buy his company. They bought a British company, from a British person.

    It seems entirely reasonable that HP should come to the UK and make their complaint here - but perhaps that doesn't suit them because they think they will get a different/better outcome from a US judge?


    1. Yougottalaugh

      Re: This is bonkers!

      As your likely an anonymous PR hack being paid to distract let’s just say your wasting your time here. The Reg has covered these stories better than the wider media so most readers will recognize a sad attempt to confuse with irrelevant points. This is a US criminal case, not a civil case, the second case the US authorities have brought, and given they won the first, don’t bet on them loosing the second.

    2. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: This is bonkers!

      FWIW as explained in the side bar, HPE is suing Lynch in England, at the High Court, and US prosecutors also want him in the States on criminal fraud charges.

      He's got a lot on his plate.


    3. oiseau Silver badge

      Re: This is bonkers!

      ... because they think they will get a different/better outcome from a US judge?

      Of course it is.

      Whose 8.8 billion worth of moolah do you think HP happily flushed down the toilet?

      Maybe from a great many important Republican shareholders'?


      1. jollyboyspecial

        Re: This is bonkers!

        This isn't to with HP. HP are suing in the UK.

        This is down to US prosecutors thinking as usual that they have jurisdiction over the entire planet. Actually probably the universe.

        And don't forget of course that should a US citizen commit an offence anywhere else in the world that the US authorities think that only US law should apply to them.

  2. Furbian

    10 years on....

    This has been going on for so long that many a person reading this will wonder who? what? etc.

    1. Tuesday Is Soylent Green Day

      Re: 10 years on....

      Kinda like that SCO thing that pops up once in a while when the news is slow.......

  3. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Call me a cynic if you like but it’s all about the Money, Honey, and that's Perversely Subversive?

    If one examines much of the available evidence, it is difficult not to accept that Justice, or is it the Law, is a racket ....or a lottery ..... and just like war is a racket makes a few filthy rich racketeering ‽ .

    [War Is a Racket is a speech and a 1935 short book, by Smedley D. Butler, a retired United States Marine Corps Major General and two-time Medal of Honor recipient .... and well worth a disturbing but informative read]

  4. tip pc Silver badge


    No way he should be extradited. HP purchased his company for billions. They sought advice from the world’s renowned advisors and paid what they argued and demonstrated to their shareholders was a faire price.

    Does RBS get to sue the banks it bought that tipped it over the edge in 2008? Does Lemans get to sue the sellers of the sub prime investments it purchased?

    On another sadder note this is looking a bit like leverage for prince Andrew. It should be leverage for Harry Dunn’s killer to be tried here in the uk.

    HP convinced themselves to buy Autonomy, HP are the only guilty party.

    1. oiseau Silver badge

      Re: B$

      HP convinced themselves to buy Autonomy, HP are the only guilty party.

      Not only that.

      They did it against the opinion of the relevant officers at HP at the time.

      As a result, 8.8 billion dollars vanished from HP's books.


  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Am I the only one....

    That thinks the HS has no balls (metaphorically), knowing full well that it's too soon to extradite someone for a financial crime, when the US wouldn't extradite Sacoolas? Bit of a vote loser

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