NEW YORK, December 11. /Corr. Ivan Sawyers/. The lawyers of Russian citizen Roman Seleznev, accused of U.S. fraud, consider that employees of the American special services flagrantly violated the laws of the Republic of Maldives when it was taken from this country without the permission of the court. The representatives of the Russian defense said Thursday at a court hearing in Seattle (Washington).
Debts: information about the U.S. pressure on Roman Seleznev serious concern
As pointed out by the counsel Selezneva Angelo Calife, the American side has ignored the laws of the Maldives. “If Seleznev was arrested, he must appear before the court” – quoted defender Agency Associated Press. Kalifa stated that instead, the employees of the American secret service put the Russian in handcuffs and taken to the island of GUAM, which is part of the United States. In this regard, according to him, the charges against Russia should be lifted.
Agents of the U.S. Secret service, which arrested Seleznev, claimed that the operation was approved by both U.S. authorities and the authorities of the Maldives. According to prosecutors, this means that to close the case against the Russians is not necessary.
Roman Seleznev was arrested July 5, 2014 at the international airport of the capital of the Republic of Maldives – malé. On the same day it was delivered to GUAM. The district court of GUAM dismissed the Russian release and decided to deport him to Seattle. Against 40 Russians put forward charges for which he faces 30 years in prison. According to investigators, Seleznev was involved in stealing and selling 2 million credit card numbers.