Ac­cused hacker ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing set for Sept. 8

Lawyer says talks con­tinue with U.S. on waiv­ing hear­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - NI­COLE O’REILLY nor­eilly@thes­pec.com 905-526-3199 | @Ni­coleatTheSpec

Ac­cused Ya­hoo hacker Karim Bara­tov is go­ing ahead with a hear­ing to fight his ex­tra­di­tion to the United States, but only if his le­gal team can’t reach a res­o­lu­tion with U.S. of­fi­cials in the in­terim.

Wednes­day marked the dead­line for when the 22-year-old’s lawyer had to tell a Hamil­ton court if it was go­ing ahead with the Sept. 8 hear­ing date, or whether he would waive that hear­ing and go straight to the U.S. They had been ne­go­ti­at­ing af­ter Bara­tov was de­nied bail be­cause he’s con­sid­ered a flight risk.

Dur­ing a brief court ap­pear­ance Bara­tov’s lawyer, Amedeo DiCarlo, con­firmed the ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing date.

Out­side court, DiCarlo said ne­go­ti­a­tions with U.S. of­fi­cials, with the help of a le­gal team south of the bor­der, are tak­ing longer than an­tic­i­pated. He didn’t want to miss the Septem­ber hear­ing with­out a clear deal in place in the U.S.

“We’ve de­cided to con­tinue with the ex­tra­di­tion process,” he said.

“In be­tween, how­ever, I do have the op­tion of bring­ing that mat­ter for­ward and adopt­ing our orig­i­nal plan, which is to waive it.”

DiCarlo con­tin­ues to meet with U.S. jus­tice of­fi­cials and a le­gal team in the U.S. Those meet­ing had fo­cused on Wash­ing­ton, but have now also shifted to Cal­i­for­nia, where the case orig­i­nates.

“It’s sort of a race to the fin­ish,” he said. “If I man­age to be fruit­ful in the U.S. then no ex­tra­di­tion, if I don’t ... then it will be chal­lenged and that is on the ba­sis that he is com­pletely in­no­cent and there is no ev­i­dence.”

Bara­tov has been held with­out bail since his March 14 ar­rest at his An­caster home, where he was ar­rested un­der the Ex­tra­di­tion Act af­ter U.S. au­thor­i­ties in­dicted him for crimes in­clud­ing com­puter hack­ing and eco­nomic es­pi­onage.

He is ac­cused of hack­ing 80 Ya­hoo ac­counts and could face 20 years in prison in the U.S. if con­victed. DiCarlo con­tin­ues to main­tain this case is po­lit­i­cal, with Bara­tov caught up in a cli­mate tar­get­ing hack­ing in the U.S.

“The U.S. case has al­ways been the same since Day 1, I’ve al­ways said there is very lit­tle ev­i­dence,” he said.

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Karim Bara­tov is shown in a photo from his In­sta­gram ac­count.

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