Canadian man accused in Yahoo email hack will seek bail, lawyer says


Published on March 17, 2017

Karim Baratov is shown in a photo from his Instagram account. The case of a Canadian charged in connection with a massive hack of Yahoo emails is back in a Hamilton court today. Karim Baratov will appear via video link. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Instagram

HAMILTON — The lawyer for a Canadian man arrested as one of four suspects in a massive hack of Yahoo emails says he is seeking to have his client released on bail.

Amedeo Dicarlo says the allegations against his client, 22-year-old Karim Baratov, are unfounded.

Dicarlo spoke ahead of a court hearing in Hamilton in which Baratov is expected to appear by video link.

He says a bail hearing has been scheduled for April 5 and the next step will be to arrange for an extradition hearing.

Baratov was arrested under the extradition act on Tuesday in the Ontario community of Ancaster.

U.S. authorities say he and three others — including two men alleged to be officers of the Russian Federal Security Service — were indicted for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.

The three other suspects in the case are Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, 33, Igor Anatolyevich Sushchin, 43, and Alexsey Alexseyevich (Magg) Belan, 29, all Russian nationals and residents. Dokuchaev and Sushchin are said to be Russian intelligence agents who allegedly masterminded and directed the hacking, the U.S. Justice Department has said.

The Canadian Press