Russian Lawmaker's Son to Be Extradited to Seattle

Aug. 01 2014 — 19:33

Russian Lawmaker's Son to Be Extradited to Seattle

Aug. 01 2014 — 19:33

A court in the U.S. territory of Guam has approved a request to extradite a Russian lawmaker's son to Seattle to face hacking charges.

Roman Seleznev, 30, was detained in the Maldives in early July and handed over to U.S. officials in Guam. Seleznev is accused of involvement in the hacking and selling of U.S. credit card data between 2009 and 2011, causing more than $1 million in damages.

Seleznev's lawyer, Patrick Civille, petitioned the court in Guam to drop the charges, saying the arrest was unlawful.

"The U.S. does not have the right to circumvent the Maldivian judiciary," Civille was cited as saying in court by the BBC's Russian service.

Civille also argued that the name Roman Seleznev was common in Russia, and that investigators lacked sufficient evidence that they had arrested the right man.

On Thursday, however, the court turned down Civille's request and granted the prosecutors' extradition request.

The arrest of Seleznev and his transfer to Guam has prompted outcry from Moscow officials, with the Foreign Ministry describing the arrest as a "de facto kidnapping of a Russian citizen" and "another unfriendly move by Washington" in a statement last month.

Seleznev's father Valery is a prominent State Duma deputy.

See also:

Russian Diplomats in Guam Fight for Release of 'Kidnapped' Politician's Son

Crimea’s Sunken Collection of Soviet Affection
The Soviet Union was less than a year dead when scuba diver Vladimir Broumensky first created the underwater museum of sunken sculptures and busts off ...
Winner Takes All: United Russia Secures a Duma Super-Majority
The final result was overwhelming: United Russia took 343 out of the State Duma’s 450 seats, gaining a constitutional super-majority. Russia’s friendly “opposition” ...
Winner Takes All: United Russia Secures a Duma Super-Majority
The final result was overwhelming: United Russia took 343 out ...
Weekend in Moscow: Moscow Marathon, a Science Festival for Kids and More
It's the weekend of the Moscow Marathon, and your support would be much appreciated as runners battle the ...