PRAGUE, March 17 — Prague Municipal Court on Friday dismissed alleged Russian hacker Yevgenyi Nikulin’s lawsuit against Czech Interior Ministry’s decision not to grant asylum to him.
The verdict has taken effect, and Nikulin may file a cessation complaint with Czech Supreme Administrative Court against it.
Judge Dana Cerna said the only reason why Nikulin complained against the Interior Ministry’s decision not to grant asylum to him seems to be his “effort not to be extradited.”
She said Nikulin did not prove that he might face persecution or injustice in his homeland, for he declared he was not afraid of returning to Russia.
Cerna said Nikulin’s application for asylum was purposeful and the Interior Ministry had no mistake by making its decision.
The 30-year-old Nikulin was arrested by Czech police in a hotel in Prague in October 2016 based on an international arrest warrant issued by the United States. He applied for Czech asylum at the end of 2017 when Prague Municipal courts decided he may be extradited either to the United States or Russia. Czech Interior Ministry rejected Nikulin’s asylum application in January 2018.
Czech Constitutional Court on Tuesday postponed the execution of Prague Municipal Court’s decision on the extradition admissibility of Nikulin. The postponement will continue until the Constitutional Court judges decide on Nikulin’s complaint.