A young Ancaster man, who’s alleged to be part of the massive hack of Yahoo emails, will remain in prison while awaiting an extradition hearing.
(Pam Davies / CBC)
In denying bail, Justice Alan Whitten decided 22-year-old Karim Baratov was clearly a flight risk.
”He certainly would be motivated, as he is facing a potential 20-year sentence. That would be quite a contrast to his youthful affluent existence. Why would he stick around. He can continue his wealth-generating activities anywhere in the world.”
Baratov’s lawyer argued his client has nowhere to flee and would not abandon his family.
Baratov was arrested under the Extradition Act last month after American authorities indicted him and three others for crimes including computer hacking and economic espionage.
The Crown says prosecutors would be ready to begin the extradition hearing as early as June 12.
Baratov’s lawyers say they intend to fight extradition, which could take anywhere from 18 months to three years.