Russian hacking suspect held in Netherlands seeks to block extradition to United States

Associated Press

The lawyer for a Russian accused by U.S. authorities of involvement in a huge computer hack that stole and sold at least 160 million credit and debit-card numbers has called on a Dutch judge to ban his extradition to the United States.

Tuesday's appeal in The Hague District Court is the latest attempt by Vladimir Drinkman to avoid being sent to New Jersey, where he is one of four Russians and a Ukrainian charged in the sophisticated data breach that resulted in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars over seven years.

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Dutch authorities approved Drinkman's extradition in November. Now his lawyer, Bart Stapert, says it should be blocked or Dutch authorities should impose a condition that Drinkman serve his sentence in the Netherlands if convicted.