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Accused Russian Hacker Can Be Sent to U.S., Dutch Court Says

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A Russian accused of taking part in the most prolific computer-hacking organization ever uncovered by American authorities can be extradited to the U.S. after a Dutch court rejected his bid to serve any sentence in the Netherlands.

Vladimir Drinkman failed to plausibly show “that the U.S. won’t comply with treaty obligations,” The Hague-based court said in a statement on its website today. The U.S. was first to ask for Drinkman’s extradition and Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten was within his rights to ignore a separate extradition request from Russia, the court said. Drinkman will appeal the decision, his lawyer, Bart Stapert, said by phone.