A former Czech justice minister violated the rights of Russian nationwide Yevgeny Nikolin by ordering his extradition to the US on hacking prices, the nation’s constitutional court docket dominated Tuesday.
Following an attraction from the accused, judges within the Czech court docket overturned Justice Minister Robert Pelikan’s determination final yr which led to Nikulin’s extradition to the US. Based on the court docket’s spokeswoman Miroslava Sedlackova, the choice had “violated Mr Nikulin’s authorized proper to judicial safety.“
Nikulin was arrested in Prague in 2016 after the FBI accused him of concentrating on three Bay Space corporations with cyber-attacks in 2012, together with social media web site LinkedIn and file host Dropbox, prices which may web him 30 years in jail. Nikulin has persistently maintained his innocence. The hack was allegedly one of many largest knowledge breaches in US historical past, with some 117 million login codes being stolen.
The Russian nationwide was additionally needed in his native nation on lesser prices, and repeatedly requested extradition residence as an alternative of the US. Nonetheless, a Czech court docket dominated in 2017 that he was honest sport to be despatched to both of the nations the place he was needed.
At that time, Nikulin’s destiny was within the fingers of Justice Minister Pelikan, who ultimately determined handy him over to the Individuals in opposition to his will, a call opposed by Czech President Milos Zeman and condemned by Russia’s overseas ministry.
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