Bail hearing set for Canadian accused in Yahoo email hack

"Our essential goal is to get Mr. Baratov out", Dicarlo told reporters outside court before Baratov's Friday hearing.

USA law enforcement officials found social media accounts belonging to Karim Baratov depicting his flashy lifestyle and expensive cars, and said they confirmed with Ontario that an Aston Martin and a Mercedes are registered to his name.

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

Baratov did not say anything during his court appearance, looking straight ahead with his hands in front of him.

The U.S. Department of Justice said a grand jury in California has indicted Baratov and three others, two of them allegedly officers of the Russian Federal Security Service, for computer hacking, economic espionage and other criminal offences.

"The social media and United States of America have made great efforts to distort the truth of who Karim Baratov is", said defence lawyer Amedeo DiCarlo outside court on Friday.

A few years before there was Karim Baratov, the guy who parked expensive cars in his driveway and posted sketches showing the very good life - complete with money bags, women and a swimming pool - there was Karim Baratov, the high school student who got into a little trouble.

"I believe (U.S. President) Donald Trump is using this to make it appear as if he is going after Russian hackers", he said.

"I can not describe what Karim does nor who he is until the time is right", he said.

USA officials said Baratov also went by the names Kay, Karim Taloverov and Karim Akehmet Tokbergenov.

Baratov was arrested Wednesday and is facing extradition.

He wouldn't comment on the allegations against his client, nor would he comment on speculation that his client may be a flight risk.

The documents show that the Toronto police fugitive squad was enlisted to help USA officials obtain what's called a "provisional arrest" on charges being brought by the United States under Canada's extradition agreement. Baratov, also known as "Kay", "Karim Taloverov" and "Karim Akehmet Tokbergenov", is a Canadian and Kazakh national and a resident of Canada.

USA officials have said Baratov also went by the names Kay, Karim Taloverov and Karim Akehmet Tokbergenov.

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 warrant for Baratov in the US was issued February 28, and a Canadian application for the provisional arrest was signed March 10.

Samotulka says he's still in shock over the allegations his friend was involved in the cyber-hacking of at least 500 million Yahoo accounts and if convicted will spend multiple years in jail.

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