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Latvia decides to extradite the hacker Chalovskis to USA

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe Latvian government has decided to hand over its citizen Denis Chalovskis, who is charged with committing cyber-crimes, to the U.S.

Chalovskis’ extradition to the U.S. has been on the political agenda for some time. The final decision was delayed because the process of his extradition was appealed in the Constitution Court. Also, the political parties do not share each other’s opinions on the matter – the Reform Party opposes the extradition.

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.

According to the lawyer, a number of Latvian lawyers have come involved in defending the Latvian citizen and continue to do so without asking for money. They claim they fight for the principle – making sure Latvia can oppose having its citizens handed over to USA.

“This does not strictly apply to only Chalovskis’ case. It applies to every Latvian citizen […] Today it is Chalovskis, tomorrow it may be someone’s neighbour, friend or relative. This is the actual problem. A person can comply with the laws of his home country, be a law abiding citizen, then comes a request from some foreign country saying: “Please hand him over to us. We believe he has violated section this and section that of our country’s legislation!” If we look at this matter formally, America could demand Latvia to extradite if not half, then a third of Latvia’s citizens for one reason or another, even for using pirated software,” – the lawyer said in an interview to Neatkarīgā newspaper.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Latvia is really the servil servant of the USA.Shame on corrupt Latvian justice.

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