Spanish authorities apprehended a Russian computer expert on Monday under suspicions of alleged involvement in the hacking of United States presidential election campaign.
Piotr Levashov, was arrested at Barcelona airport on Friday, has been singled out by the United States for extradition in a request which is due to be examined by Spain’s national criminal court, a legal source told AFP.
Levashov is “suspected of having participated in hacking the election campaign in the United States,” the source said.
From the date of arrest, Washington has 40 days to present its legal case for extradition to the Spanish authorities.
Police on Sunday said Levashov had been arrested on Friday “following an international complaint” and had been transferred to Madrid.
Speaking to Russia Today television late on Sunday, Maria Levashova said her husband had been detained “at the request of the American authorities in connection with cyber crime”.
She said the Spanish police had told her it was in connection with “a virus which appears to have been created by my husband (and) is linked to Trump’s victory.”
In mid-January, another Russian computer expert wanted by the US, Stanislav Lisov, was arrested at Barcelona’s El Prat airport as he was about to board a flight.
He was jailed on January 13 after being questioned via videoconference by a judge in Madrid’s National Court, which investigates suspected crimes that have an international remit.