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US court on Guam rejects motion to release Russia’s hacking suspect

July 31, 2014, 13:56 UTC+3 WASHINGTON
Defense lawyers of the Russian nationals filed the documents on the release of their client with the court last week claiming that he was arrested overseas illegally
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WASHINGTON, July 31. /ITAR-TASS/. The Guam District Court waived away an attorney’s appeal for release of Russia’s hacking suspect Roman Seleznyov, who was arrested earlier this month in Maldives on US warrant and relocated to a jail on Guam, his defense lawyer Patrick Civille said on Thursday.

Seleznyov, 30, was detained at the international airport of the Maldives’ capital Male on July 5 and taken to a jail on the island of Guam on cyber fraud charges.

Defense lawyers of the Russian nationals filed the documents on the release of their client with the court last week claiming that he was arrested overseas illegally.

Civille said that as U.S. District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood declined release for his client she said that the same appeal can be again submitted if Seleznyov was transferred to the state of Washington, where charges against him were filed.

American investigators suspect Seleznyov of having intended to steal, and then sell, information about the credit cards of US citizens between October 2009 and February 2011. In all, he is suspected of theft of some 200,000 credit card numbers of American people.

In March of 2011, a court in the State of Washington charged him in absentia on 29 counts, which jointly entail imprisonment for several dozen years and a fine of several million US dollars.

Guam’s Guampdn.com local news website reported earlier that last week Civille “filed two U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing transcripts and a United Nations Security Council resolution concerning the apprehension of suspects outside American borders.”

Moscow claims that Seleznyov, whose father is a lawmaker in the Russian parliament’s lower house, was not arrested but “kidnapped” by the US authorities and the case against him is politically motivated.

In mid-July the Russian Foreign Ministry presented a demarche to the US Embassy in Moscow in connection with the charges brought against Seleznyov and another Russian citizen, Konstantin Yaroshenko, in the United States.

Russian pilot Yaroshenko was detained by the US authorities in Liberia in 2010 and then taken to the United States. In September 2011, a US court sentenced him to 20 years in prison for having been allegedly involved in a criminal ring organized for smuggling a large shipment of cocaine. Yaroshenko denied the accusations. Moscow believes that the pressed charges against him were politically motivated.

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