Lawyers, prosecutors make closing arguments in hacking case

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Posted: Dec 15, 2015 2:44 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — The latest on the trial of a Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses (all times local):

11:40 a.m.

A lawyer for a Russian man charged with hacking into U.S. businesses told a federal judge that U.S. agents illegally kidnapped him at a Maldives airport in what she called an unlawful operation.

During her closing argument, Andrea Ostrovsky said the agents' actions amounted to shocking and outrageous misconduct and because of that, the charges against Roman Seleznev should be dismissed.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Norman Barbosa disagreed. He said nothing presented during a two-day hearing supported Seleznev's claims that the agents were running amok in a foreign nation.

Barbosa says the agents worked with their counterparts in the Maldives and respected foreign authorities. They did not engage in any deceptive practices and the charges against Seleznev should remain intact.

U.S. District Judge Richard Jones said he would rule on the motion to dismiss on Tuesday afternoon.


8:30 a.m.

Lawyers for a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. businesses will urge a federal judge to dismiss the charges against him because they believe the arrest by U.S. agents violated Maldives law.

But federal prosecutors say agents acted within the law and the case against Roman Seleznev should go to trial.

Closing arguments in the motion-to-dismiss hearing are set for Tuesday. Three agents with the Secret Service and State Department testified that Maldives police took Seleznev into custody in 2014. They said federal agents only took over with permission from local authorities.

Seleznev's lawyers say the arrest violated the Maldives Constitution.

Federal prosecutors say Seleznev hacked into the computer systems of American restaurants and other businesses and stole about 2 million credit card numbers that he later sold on a private website