25 Oct 2017 22:07

Spain's high court rejects appeal against decision to extradite Russian programmer Lisov to U.S. - lawyer

MOSCOW. Oct 25 (Interfax) - The National High Court of Spain has upheld a decision to extradite to the United States the Russian programmer Stanislav Lisov, who has been accused by the U.S. of cyber fraud costing $855,000.

"On October 24 the defense for Stanislav Lisov received a resolution from the National High Court's plenary session rejecting the appeal against the decision on his extradition," his lawyer Oleg Gubarev told Interfax on Wednesday.

A final decision on the matter will be made by the Spanish government, he said.

Not only has this plenary session resolution done nothing to clarify the situation around the illegal detention, it has not clarified the case circumstances at all, the lawyer said.

"The situation is so absurd that, according to the case files, the detention order, which supposedly exists but does not figure anywhere, was back-dated one year (August 2015) before the case proper started (August 2016)," he said. "All this throws doubt on the very existence of this order, i.e. the legal grounds for imprisoning our client," Gubarev said.

The defense is planning to turn to the Spanish constitutional court "and, once all remedies have been exhausted in that country, to the European Court of Human Rights," he said.

After conferring with Lisov, his lawyers will ask the Spanish court to suspend the extradition due to the violation of Lisov's constitutional rights, the lawyer said.

In January of this year Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that a Russian citizen, Stanislav Lisov, had been held in Barcelona over U.S. accusations of cyberfraud.