The U.S. won a Dutch top court ruling allowing it to seek the extradition of a Russian man suspected of helping to lead a ring that hacked 17 companies including Nasdaq OMX Group (NDAQ) Inc. and 7-Eleven Inc.
The Supreme Court of the Netherlands dismissed an appeal filed by Vladimir Drinkman against an earlier ruling that said the U.S. request is admissible, a spokeswoman at the court based in The Hague said by telephone today.
Dutch Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten will now have to weigh the U.S. call against a request from Russia, which has also asked for Muscovite Drinkman’s extradition on charges of cybercrime fraud.
U.S. prosecutors said last year that Drinkman was one of five people indicted over the theft of more than 160 million credit- and debit-card numbers by hacking 17 retailers, financial institutions and payment processors. Russia sought his extradition in October, 14 months after the U.S. request, according to a Dutch court ruling in April.
The Rotterdam Court said at the time that both demands were admissible. Drinkman -- who has been in custody in the Netherlands since his arrest in June 2012 -- has sought to overturn the lower-court’s decision on possible extradition to the U.S., while not fighting the Russian ruling.
Drinkman was arrested in the Netherlands on the same day as another Russian, Dmitriy Smilianets, who was extradited weeks later to the U.S. Smilianets entered a not-guilty plea on Aug. 12, 2013 and has been in U.S. custody since.
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