Alexei burkov

Israel's Supreme Court approves extradition of Russian hacker

Alexei Burkov asked the Israeli Supreme Court to stop the extradition claiming he should either be extradited to Russia or be allowed to serve out whatever prison term he receives in a Russian prison

Israel's Supreme Court of Justice has approved the extradition of Russian hacker, Alexei Burkov, to the US, rejecting his request to either be extradited or to serve his potential jail time in Russia.



Last month the justice ministry finalized the extradition of Alexei Burkov, who has been held in Israeli custody since 2015, without providing a date for the extradition to take place.


Russian hacker, Alexei Burkov
Russian hacker, Alexei Burkov

Burkov appealed the decision to the supreme court, asking that he be sent to Moscow, or that his extradition to the US be conditioned on him serving any future prison term in Russia.


The court noted that the decision to extradite him was made "after a deep and exhaustive examination of all the considerations".


Last week, the Russian hacker and 26-year-old Israeli woman Naama Issachar who was jailed in a Russian for the possession of cannabis, had both requested to block Burkov's extradition to the United States.


The family of Naama Issachar filed their petition two weeks ago, while Burkov filed his last week. Issachar's family retracted their petition later in the week.


 Alexei Burkov and Naama Issachar
Alexei Burkov and Naama Issachar

Issachar was arrested in Russia in April after nine grams of cannabis was found in her baggage when she was transiting Moscow between India and Israel.


She was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for drug trafficking and possession.


 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the verdict that he "would appreciate" Russian President Vladimir Putin looking into the case.


פרסום ראשון: 11.10.19, 20:14
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