The Wall Street Journal on August 8, 2013 released the following:
“European Human Rights Court Says Extradition Should Be Delayed for Duration of Proceedings
By JURIS KAŽA
RIGA, Latvia—The European Human Rights Court has blocked Latvia’s decision to allow the extradition of 27-year-old Deniss Calovskis to the U.S., two days after the Latvian government narrowly approved extradition to stand trial on several charges of conspiracy to commit computer and bank fraud in his alleged role in facilitating the Gozi virus.
Saulvedis Varpins, the attorney for Mr. Calovskis, said Thursday that he received a letter by fax from the EHRC saying extradition should be delayed for the duration of proceedings before the court. The letter was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Calovskis is charged by U.S. authorities with helping to spread malware that infected thousands of computers and was allegedly used to facilitate the theft of millions of dollars. In recent interviews with Latvian media, Mr. Calovskis denied the charges and said he didn’t possess the programming expertise to do what the U.S. indictment alleged.
A slim majority of Latvia’s cabinet ministers approved his extradition Tuesday after determining he could receive a fair trial in the U.S., but Mr. Varpins raised an objection with the EHRC, saying the case is based on insufficient evidence and allegations made by an alleged co-conspirator while in U.S. custody.
Mr. Varpins said it could take “a couple of months” for the EHRC to resolve the issue since the petition he filed alleged procedural violations in the arrest of Mr. Calovskis, his detention and decisions by various Latvian courts and authorities.”
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