Alleged Russian hacker to appeal Israel extradition
Israeli and Russian media discussed the exchange of Alexei Burkov for an Israeli woman Naama Issachar
Israel’s Supreme Court on Sunday upheld the decision to extradite the alleged Russian hacker to the United States, where he is wanted for fraud.
The Ministry of Justice in October approved the extradition of Alexei Burkov, who has been detained in Israel since 2015, without specifying a date.
Burkov appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, asking to be sent to Moscow or that extradition to the United States be conditional on serving a future prison sentence in Russia.
“Appeal denied,” the three-judge panel of the Supreme Court ruled in Sunday’s ruling.
The judges noted that the decision to extradite was made “after a deep and comprehensive study of all the circumstances.”.
“We have not found any circumstances that would justify our interference in the decision,” they said.
The Russian and Israeli media mentioned Burkov’s name several times in the context of a possible exchange of him for Naama Issachar, a citizen of the United States and Israel, who was convicted in Russia on drug-related charges.
Issachar, 26, was arrested in Russia in April for possession of 9 grams of marijuana in her luggage while she was transplanting in Moscow on her way from India to Israel..
She was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for drug smuggling and possession.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the verdict that he “would be grateful” to Russian President Vladimir Putin if he considers the Issachar case.
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