Turkish police have arrested a Ukrainian man wanted in the United States for allegedly stealing the details of thousands of bank accounts off the Internet, officials said Thursday.
The suspect, identified as Maksym Y., is "one of the world's important and well-known computer pirates," Feyzullah Arslan, the police chief of Antalya province where the man was arrested last week while on holiday, told Anatolia news agency.
"We determined he came to Turkey as a result of joint intelligence work by the Turkish and US authorities ... The suspect, who was holding a fake identity card, was captured in Kemer five days after his arrival," he said.
Maksym Y. is suspected of having broken into thousands of bank accounts around the world and sold their information to international gangs of bank swindlers.
Officials at the Antalya prosecutor's office said that the suspect may be handed over to the United States, adding that Turkey has a 60-day period to make a decision under the international arrest warrant that led to the man's detention, Anatolia reported.
Maksym Y. was arrested along with an Israeli friend at a crowded night club in the resort of Kemer, where some of Turkey's most luxurious hotels and holiday villages are located. The Israeli was later released without a charge and allowed to go home.
Arslan denied a newspaper report that the Ukrainian was also wanted for having sold to Al Qaeda secret information about US air bases that he stole from the Pentagon.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Ağustos 2007, 17:07