The Latest: Extradition case lawyer vows to appeal further

A prison guard walks outside a courtroom during an appeal by Yevgeniy Nikulin from Russia who faces charges of hacking computers of American companies, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Prague, Czech Republic. Czech authorities arrested Nikulin in Prague in cooperation with the FBI in October last year. He is accused by U.S. prosecutors of penetrating computers at Silicon Valley firms including LinkedIn and Dropbox in 2012. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Prison guards stand outside a courtroom during an appeal by Yevgeniy Nikulin from Russia who faces charges of hacking computers of American companies, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Prague, Czech Republic. Czech authorities arrested Nikulin in Prague in cooperation with the FBI in October last year. He is accused by U.S. prosecutors of penetrating computers at Silicon Valley firms including LinkedIn and Dropbox in 2012. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Martin Sadilek, an attorney for Yevgeniy Nikulin, a Russian man facing charges of hacking computers at American companies, talks to the media before an appeal allowing Nikulin's extradition to the United States outside a courtroom in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. Czech authorities arrested Yevgeniy Nikulin in Prague in cooperation with the FBI in October last year. He is accused by U.S. prosecutors of penetrating computers at Silicon Valley firms including LinkedIn and Dropbox in 2012. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

PRAGUE — The Latest on the extradition hearing for an alleged Russian hacker (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

The defense attorney for a Russian man whose extradition to the United States has been supported by a Prague appeals court says he has not given up and will take steps to possibly reverse the ruling.

Prague's High Court on Friday upheld a lower court ruling that allowed the extradition of Yevgeniy Nikulin.

He is accused by U.S. prosecutors of breaking into computers at Silicon Valley firms including LinkedIn and Dropbox in 2012.

Lawyer Martin Sadilek says he is surprised and disappointed by the verdict and is planning to file a complaint at the Constitutional Court and another one against Judge Karel Semik, who he claims was biased.

Sadilek says: "I don't share the legal opinion of the High Court."

It is now up to the justice minister to approve or dismiss the extradition. It is not clear when a decision can be expected..

State Prosecutor Marcela Kratochvilova welcomed the ruling.

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1:25 p.m.

A Prague appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that a Russian man who faces charges of hacking computers at American companies can be extradited to the United States.

Czech authorities arrested Yevgeniy Nikulin in Prague in cooperation with the FBI in October last year. He is accused by U.S. prosecutors of penetrating computers at Silicon Valley firms including LinkedIn and Dropbox in 2012.

Moscow also wants him extradited on a separate charge of internet theft in 2009.

Prague's Municipal Court ruled in May that both extradition requests meet the necessary legal conditions.

Nikulin appealed his extradition to both countries but later withdrew an appeal against his extradition to Russia.

Following Friday's ruling by Prague's High Court, the justice minister will have the final say.

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8:30 a.m.

A Prague appeals court is due to rule on an appeal by a Russian man who faces charges of hacking computers at American companies against a lower court decision allowing his extradition to the United States.

Czech authorities arrested Yevgeniy Nikulin in Prague in cooperation with the FBI in October last year. He is accused by U.S. prosecutors of penetrating computers at Silicon Valley firms including LinkedIn and Dropbox in 2012.

Moscow also wants him extradited on a separate charge of internet theft in 2009.

Prague's Municipal Court ruled in May that both extradition requests meet the necessary legal conditions.

Nikulin appealed his extradition to both countries but later withdrew an appeal against extradition to Russia.

If Friday's ruling supports extradition to the U.S., the justice minister will have the final say.

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