Canada judge denies bail for man U.S. wants over Yahoo hack

Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:02pm EDT
 
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By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian judge on Tuesday denied bail to a 22-year-old man whom the United States wants to extradite to face charges of involvement in a massive hack of Yahoo email accounts, his lawyer said.

Prosecutors argued that the man, Karim Baratov, a Canadian citizen who was born in Kazakhstan, posed a flight risk. Justice Alan Whitten agreed, remanding Baratov in custody until May 26.

The United States says Baratov worked with Russian intelligence agents who paid him to break into at least 80 email accounts, including those of specific targets with non-Yahoo accounts.

"Why would he stick around?" the judge wrote in a nine-page decision. "He can continue his wealth-generating activities anywhere in the world."

Baratov faces U.S. charges including conspiracy to commit computer fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and identify theft, and could face decades in U.S. jail if found guilty on all charges.

Baratov denies the accusations, his lawyer, Amedeo DiCarlo, said.

DiCarlo said he would consider appealing the bail decision if the court is unable to schedule a expeditious extradition hearing.

Federal prosecutor Heather Graham told the court that the attorney general of Canada will be ready to proceed with an extradition hearing by June 12, according to media reports.   Continued...

 
The John Sopinka Courthouse, where Karim Baratov appeared in front of a judge, in connection with a U.S. Justice Department investigation into the 2014 hacking of Yahoo, is pictured in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada March 15, 2017 . REUTERS/Peter Power