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Indian-origin trader fails to delay extradition bid from UK

The ruling comes two weeks after Sarao was released on bail after spending more than 100 days behind bars after his arrest on April 21.

By: PTI | London |
Updated: August 29, 2015 6:00:23 pm

An Indian-origin lone trader accused of triggering the 2010 Wall Street “flash crash” which wiped nearly USD 1 trillion off the value of US shares in minutes has failed in a bid to delay his extradition to America. Lawyers for Navinder Sarao, 36, had urged Westminster Magistrates Court yesterday to delay an extradition hearing set for late next month to allow an expert witness more time to prepare a report for his defence.

However, District Judge Quentin Purdy denied the application and said that the two-day hearing would not be delayed from starting on September 25. The judge ruled that the expert evidence was not relevant to any decision to send Sarao to the US, where he could face a jail sentence of up to 380 years, The Times reported. The ruling comes two weeks after Sarao was released on bail after spending more than 100 days behind bars after his arrest on April 21. US prosecutors charged him with using illegal “spoof” orders that they allege helped to precipitate the Wall Street “flash crash”.

Sarao was originally granted bail on the condition that he pay the court a surety of 5 million pounds days after his arrest. However, he subsequently claimed that he was unable to meet the terms of the agreement after a US court issued a worldwide freezing order on his assets. He was freed on August 14 after his bail was reduced to
50,000 pounds. It is alleged that Sarao used a high -speed internet connection at his parent’s London home to place a large number of fraudulent electronic orders to sell one type of financial contract.

He is then accused of cancelling the orders, forcing the prices back up again and taking profit from the price swing. The US Department of Justice believes that these trades contributed to the flash crash of May 6, 2010, when the Dow Jones stock exchange lost 700 points in a matter of minutes, wiping USD 800 billion of the value of US shares, before recovering again.

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