Canadian accused in Yahoo hack has bail hearing

06 April, 2017, 17:35 290 Astana
Canadian accused in Yahoo hack has bail hearing

A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails said Wednesday he'll live with his parents and forgo access to phones and any electronic equipment if he's allowed out on bail, journalstar.com reports.

Officials allege that Karim Baratov poses an "extremely high flight risk" because of his alleged ties to Russian agents.

But his lawyer Amedeo DiCarlo said that Baratov has never been to Russia and he will not flee if freed on bail. Baratov arrived in court for his bail wearing a black shirt and sweat pants with his legs shackled. His parents provided him with a dress jacket.

"Flight risk is the issue. We are going to have measures put in place so that is not going to happen", DiCarlo told reporters.

Baratov's parents have agreed to act as their son's sureties. His father, Akhmet Tokbergenov, has agreed to turn off the internet in the family home if the court requests it.

"Believe me I will create such conditions that even jail will look like paradise to him", Tokbergenov said in court through a Russian interpreter.