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Ex-soldier loses extradition hearing

David McIntyre lost his legal challenge. Credit: PA

A former soldier from Hyde has lost his legal challenge against extradition to the US where he is wanted on fraud charges.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and Mr Justice Cranston, sitting at the High Court in London, rejected an appeal by David McIntyre, 43.

The judges, who were told at a hearing in March that McIntyre is "at high risk of suicide", ruled today that there was no legal "impediment" to his removal to America.

McIntyre served with the Queen's Lancashire Regiment in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The US authorities want him to stand trial on eight charges of fraud relating to a contract between Quantum Risk, the security firm he ran in Baghdad in 2009, and the US Institute of Peace, which describes itself as an American "national security institution" devoted to preventing conflicts abroad.

It is alleged that McIntyre, who says he has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), overcharged the institute by 100,000 US dollars (£66,000).He denies the accusation.

He was serving as a Royal Military Police Territorial Army sergeant at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan in July 2012 when he was flown home to face extradition proceedings.

At the March hearing, Edward Fitzgerald QC, for McIntyre, argued there was convincing medical evidence that he was suffering from a mental disorder and it would violate his human rights if extradition went ahead because of the suicide risk.

He suggested McIntyre could stand trial in the UK. The US authorities opposed the bid to block removal.

McIntyre's supporters say of the extradition threat: "Is this really the way Britain should be treating its brave soldiers?"

The ex-soldier has said in an online blog: "If I was given an order to be extradited to the US I am fearful that I would take my own life as I would rather be dead then be locked up in an American prison away from my family.

"I think, after serving my country all my life, the least I can expect is to be helped with my PTSD and being allowed to prove my innocence in my own country."

But the judges said they were satisfied there was no "injustice" in the case.

Lord Thomas said there was "no conceivable basis" on which an application in the case could be made to the Supreme Court.