SEATTLE – Lawyers for a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. businesses have asked a federal judge to dismiss the indictment against him. They say U.S. Secret Service agents overstepped their authority when they took him into custody in the Maldives.
Roman Seleznev's lawyers say he was vacationing with his family last July when two Secret Service agents grabbed him at the Maldives airport and put him on a chartered flight to Guam. He was then flown to Seattle where he remains in custody.
His lawyers called the capture and "abduction" and say the agents violated U.S. law, Maldives law and "generally applicable principles of international law."
For that reason, his lawyers say the 40-count indictment charging Seleznev with wire fraud, computer hacking and identity theft should be dismissed.