Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alleged Yahoo Hacker Karim Baratov to Forgo Extradition Hearing

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alleged Yahoo Hacker Karim Baratov to Forgo Extradition Hearing

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Karim Baratov waives extradition hearing

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HAMILTON - A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails will forgo his extradition hearing and go face the charges in the United States in what his lawyer has called an effort to speed up the legal process.

Karim Baratov signed documents agreeing to waive the hearing before a Hamilton judge on Friday, after weighing the decision for months.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Andrew Goodman warned Baratov that the move could leave him open to more charges in the U.S., prompting the 22-year-old's lawyer to confirm his client knew the implications of his choice.

"Good luck, Mr. Baratov," the judge said as the hearing came to a close.

An extradition hearing for Baratov had been scheduled for early September, though his lawyer, Amedeo DiCarlo, suggested in June that his client may opt out if talks with American officials proved fruitful.

He would not comment Friday on discussions with the U.S., saying he didn't want to compromise any negotiations.

But he said outside court that this latest development was welcomed by his client.

"He's happy, he's excited," DiCarlo said. "All along, we've said he wants to move this along, he's not trying to delay the system, he wants to assert his rights in the U.S."

DiCarlo has stressed that waiving the extradition hearing does not mean admitting guilt. …

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