A Stradishall man facing extradition over claims he hacked into US government computers has said he fears he will not get a fair trial.
Lauri Love, 30, faces charges of hacking into agencies including the US Army, Nasa and the US Federal Reserve. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison.
Mr Love, who has not been charged with any offence in the UK, was arrested at home on an extradition warrant last month.
Speaking for the first time after his arrest, Mr Love said he had no faith in the US justice system.
He said: “I would say my prospects of due process in America are essentially zero, and the prospect of extradition is tantamount to a punishment worse than any punishment from the UK justice system.”
He added that as the alleged crimes took place in the UK that is where he should be tried.
“The charges should be heard here where 12 of my peers should be found to try me,” he said.
Mr Love appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and was released on bail.
A full hearing is expected in December.