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Latvian hacker Chalovskis to be released from prison

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian citizen Deniss Chalovskis, who is accused of cyber-crimes in USA, will be released from Riga Central prison on Thursday, October 10.

One of his lawyers, Ilona Bulgakova, is satisfied with this decision and says that there was no reason to keep Chalovskis in prison to begin with. Therefore, his release can be considered “a victory for justice”.

Lawyer Saulvedis Vārpiņš says he received a letter from the European Court of Human Rights this week. In this letter, the European institution asks the Latvian state to provide explanations in regard to Chalovskis’ case.

Earlier this year, on August 6, the government decided to hand over Chalovskis to USA. But his lawyers turned to the European Court for Human Rights, asking to provide temporary protection – not to hand him over to USA until the case has been fully reviewed.

Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers had previously reported that his institution had sent a request to European Court of Human Rights to provide an estimate for how long Chalovskis’ case is planned to be reviewed.

While the prosecutor’s office was waiting for the reply from the European court, Chalovskis’ lawyer Egons Rusanovs tried freeing his client by means of Latvian court. This attempt failed.

The law states that the term of imprisonment of a person to be handed over to a foreign country must not exceed one year. Chalovskis was arrested on December 4, 2012. Therefore, formally he is to remain arrested until December 3, 2013.

The U.S. Federal Prosecutors have presented charges to three possible Eastern European cyber-criminals – Russian citizen Nikita Kuzmin, Romanian citizen Mihai Paunesku and Latvian citizen Denis Chalovskis aka “Miami”. American law enforcement institutions believe the three aforementioned individuals are responsible for modifying the Gozi Virus. This virus has infected more than a million computers worldwide and approximately 40,000 in USA. It also ended up in the computers of NASA.

After finally locating Chalovskis, the U.S. operatives carried out a special operation to apprehend Chalovskis, arresting him in his apartment in Imanta on December 4, 2012. He was then put under arrest and awaited the verdict of the court. On January 31, the Supreme Court of Latvia left the decision to allow the extradition of Chalovskis to USA in force.

Cholovskis faces 67 years of prison in USA. However, lead researcher of the Mathematics and Informatics Institute of the University of Latvia Bruno Martuzan notes that it is the maximum possible punishment. In reality, however, no hacker was ever sentenced for more than 20 years in USA. The researcher believes Chalovski could have gotten away with one or two years of prison and a fine.

Chalovskis claims he did not intentionally work on the creation of the virus. He says his knowledge of the subject is not that good to allow him to do something like that. One of his lawyers has said that Chalovskis had merely “repaired a few errors here and there”. He then clarified that his client does not admit his guilt.

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