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Storm Postpones U.S. Hearings Against Russian Lawmaker's Son Arrested on Hacking Charges

Court hearings against a Russian lawmaker's son jailed in the U.S. territory of Guam on hacking charges have been postponed because of a tropical storm.

The Guam district court was to hear the case against Roman Seleznev, the son of a Russian member of parliament, on Wednesday, but a storm advancing toward Guam prompted it to push back the proceedings, Russian state news agency Itar-Tass reported, citing Seleznev's lawyers.

The U.S. weather service has posted a storm warning and typhoon watch for Guam as Tropical Storm Halong continues to strengthen, and a notice on the website of the territory's district court said it would be closed on Wednesday "because of the storm. Be safe!"

Seleznev, 30, is accused of involvement in the hacking and selling of U.S. credit-card data between 2009 and 2011, causing more than a million dollars in damages. His detention in early July in the Maldives and transfer to Guam incited outcry from Russian officials.

See also:

Russian Diplomats in Guam Fight for Release of 'Kidnapped' Politician's Son

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