Romania Temporarily Extradites ‘Guccifer’ to U.S. to Face Hacking Charges

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Author: 

David A. Sadoff

Date Published: 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Volume: 

32

Issue: 

4

Subject Areas: 

Adjective Enforcement
Administration of Justice
Arrest
Charged with Crimes
Comparative and International Law
Computer Crimes
Conspiracy
Criminal Procedure/Proceedings
Cybercrime
Data Privacy
Data Sharing
Detention
Extradition
Information Exchange
International Cooperation
International Crimes
Law Enforcement
Mutual Legal Assistance

Geographic Identifier: 

Romania
United States

Abstract: 

On March 5, 2016, Romania’s High Court of Cassation and Justice approved the U.S. government’s request for the extradition of an infamous Romanian hacker Marcel Lehel Lazăr, better known by his pseudonym Guccifer, to face a nine-count indictment. The extradition was authorized on a temporary 18-month basis, to allow sufficient time for his prosecution in the U.S. after which Guccifer is expected to be returned to Romania to complete an ongoing sentence there.  Guccifer claims not to have contested his extradition at a February hearing.