Russian hacker facing U.S. trial after challenge dismissed

Roman Seleznev will face trial for hacking American businesses after a judge dismissed a lawyer's challenge over the way he was taken into custody.
Roman Seleznev will face trial for hacking American businesses after a judge dismissed a lawyer's challenge over the way he was taken into custody.

Roman Seleznev, a Russian man accused of reaping millions of dollars by hacking into a number of American businesses and selling credit card data on a private website, will face trial after a judge on Tuesday denied his lawyer's request to dismiss hacking charges over a technicality, according to ABC News.

Andrea Ostrovsky, a lawyer for Seleznev, the son of a member of Russia's parliament, claimed the way U.S. Secret Service and State Department agents took her client into custody in a Maldives airport without a warrant violated local and U.S. laws and amounted to a kidnapping. But, in rejecting the claim, U.S. District Judge Richard Jones said the manner in which someone is brought to trial does not impact the court's right to try him.

Jones said Seleznev's testimony was "less than credible," and cited evidence presented by the federal agents that the Maldivian president said the seizure was legal and the nation's attorney general was consulted before the arrest.

Seleznev's trial is on the docket for May.

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