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Slovenia refuses to extradite Romanian hacker to U.S

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenia will not extradite a Romanian hacker who broke into the computer systems of U.S. government agencies, because he has already been tried and sentenced in Romania, the national news agency STA reported on Tuesday.

Victor Faur was seized in Slovenia last October on an international arrest warrant issued by the United States, STA said. Faur, whose online alias was SirVic, had been indicted in the United States in 2006 on conspiracy and computer intrusion charges.

He was accused of hacking into the computers of space agency NASA and US Navy between 2004 and 2006. That caused disruptions and cost the agencies almost $1.5 million, according to the indictment.

A court in Murska Sobota, in northeast Slovenia, said on Tuesday Faur had been found guilty in Romania, given a suspended prison term and ordered to pay $240,000 in damages, STA said. If a county high court confirms the ruling, Faur will be released from custody, the agency said.

The court officials were not available for immediate comment.

During his trial in Romania, Faur said he had only wanted to prove those computer systems were vulnerable and meant no harm. The indictment says he had taken control of the computers and turned them into online chat servers so he could communicate with other members of his hacking community.

(Writing by Zoran Radosavljevic; Editing by Larry King)

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