WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The lawyer confirmed that he is still negotiating behind the scenes to possibly waive the extradition hearing if a deal can be reached with US authorities on a sentence.
"At this point I'm standing firm to challenge the extradition. If something does come to light in the US that totally changes my viewpoint I'll let everyone know, and then I could waive it at that point," DiCarlo stated.
However, Amedeo DiCarlo added that the talks with US authorities were proceeding at a slow pace, and so for now he's moving forward with preparations for the extradition hearing, which is scheduled to take place on September 8.
DiCarlo was speaking to reporters after a court hearing on Wednesday in which Baratov was denied bail because he was deemed too much of a flight risk.
A grand jury in the US state of California indicted Baratov and three others for computer hacking, wire fraud, trade secret theft and economic espionage.
The US Justice Department said two of Baratov's alleged co-conspirators, Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin, are officers of the Russian Federal Security Service.