Czech court: rights of alleged Russian hacker violated

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 25, 2017 file photo, a tablet shows archive Youtube footage dated Monday, Aug. 2, 2015 featuring Yevgeny Nikulin after a Lamborghini Huracan race outside Moscow, Russia. The Czech Republic's highest court has ruled on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 that a former justice minister violated the rights of a Russian man by allowing his extradition to the United States to face charges of hacking computers at LinkedIn, Dropbox and other American companies. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko/File)

PRAGUE — The Czech Republic's highest court says a former justice minister violated the rights of an alleged Russian hacker by allowing his extradition to the U.S. before a separate asylum case was finalized.

Yevgeniy Nikulin is accused of hacking computers at LinkedIn, Dropbox and other American companies in 2012, compromising the personal information of millions of Americans.

The Constitutional Court said Tuesday that then Justice Minister Robert Pelikan allowed Nikulin's extradition before his asylum request went through the court system. Nikulin was later denied asylum. He was extradited to the U.S. in March 2018.

Pelikan is no longer justice minister and won't face any punishment.

The Czechs arrested Nikulin in Prague in cooperation with the FBI in October 2016. He denies the charges against him.

People also read these

Albania holds local elections amid political...

Jun 30, 2019

Albanians have started to cast ballots to elect mayors and city councils, or parliaments amid a...

40,000 gather in Armenia to demand leader's...

Apr 20, 2018

About 40,000 demonstrators gathered on the capital's central square as a week of large protests...

Armenia's political transition unclear after PM's...

Apr 24, 2018

The abrupt resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan after two weeks of anti-government...

AP Interview: Pashinian warns Armenia not to...

May 2, 2018

The opposition leader spearheading weeks of protest in Armenia warned the government Wednesday not...

The Latest: Pashinian claims needed 1/3 support...

May 2, 2018

The opposition lawmaker who has spearheaded mass protests in Armenia says all three opposition...

Sign up now!

About Us

24-7 Reporters publishes up-to-the-minute news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our certified reporters are among the most experienced, well-trained and talented across the globe, covering issues resonating progressives in every corner of the world.

Contact us: sales[at]24-7reporters.com