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Motions to release Russian hacker denied

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood denied both motions filed by Roman Seleznev's legal team. The accused Russian hacker is being held at the Department of Corrections. He faces federal charges in the state of Washington on multiple counts of aggravated identity theft and bank fraud.  His local attorney Patrick Civille filed two motions in the District Court of Guam. The first being to have his client released and discharged because of what he alleges was "gross government misconduct". He accuses U.S. federal agents of violating international laws when they kidnapped Seleznev from the Maldives, placed him on a private jet and flew him to Guam earlier this month. He also claims that no U.S. court has jurisdiction can entertain the case because his client was unlawfully arrested. His motion however was denied as was his other motion to continue the hearing. Civille filed the motion to continue in order to receive more information from the federal government.

With both motions denied, Judge Gatewood set a hearing for this afternoon on the petition for removal to determine which will be held to determine whether in fact Seleznev is the same individual named in the indictment from Washington. If in fact he is he will be moved to that jurisdiction.

Outside the federal courthouse this morning attorney Civille said he was naturally disappointed with the Judge's decision but added that should his client be moved to Washington the question of jurisdiction can be argued there, "I think it's an issue that will continue to come up in this case," he told reporters.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Maravic David has argued that Seleznev was not kidnapped and that at the direction of the President or the U.S Attorney General the Federal Bureau of Investigations can arrest individuals for violating United States law, even if their actions contravene customary international law.

Seleznev is described by the U.S. Secret Service as one of the world’s most prolific traffickers of stolen information.  He is accused of hacking into computer servers worldwide to facilitate his multi-million dollar illegal operation which involved stolen credit card data.
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