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Romanian Court Rules Hacker Can be Extradited to US


FILE - Marcel Lazar Lehel, 40, is escorted by masked policemen in Bucharest, after being arrested in Arad, west of Bucharest, Romania, Jan. 22, 2014.

A Romanian court has ruled that a hacker known as Guccifer should be extradited to the U.S. to serve a 4½-year prison sentence.

The court in the central city of Alba Iulia ruled Monday that Romanian Marcel Lazar Lehel will be extradited after completing a seven-year sentence in Romania.

Guccifer gained global notoriety after he hacked the email accounts of U.S. officials including former Secretary of State Colin Powell and members of the Bush family. He also claimed to have hacked the emails of Hillary Clinton, but prosecutors found no evidence.

Lehel, 46, was sent to the U.S. in March 2016 and pleaded guilty to hacking in the state of Virginia. He was later sent back to Romania and is currently incarcerated in the city of Deva on other charges.

Monday's ruling can be appealed.

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