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Romanian hacker 'Guccifer' appeals against arrest

Published on Jan 25, 2014 6:29 AM
 
Marcel Lazar Lehel, 40, is escorted by masked policemen in Bucharest, after being arrested in Arad, 550 km (337 miles) west of Bucharest on Jan 22, 2014. Romanian hacker Lehel, known as "Guccifer", appealed against his arrest on Friday but the chances for his release appeared slim. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BUCHAREST (REUTERS) - Romanian hacker "Guccifer", famous for breaking into emails of former United States (US) president George W. Bush's family and entertainment figures, appealed against his arrest on Friday but the chances for his release appeared slim.

A source in the prosecutor's office confirmed that masked police had netted Marcel Lazar Lehel, known by the aliases "Guccifer" and "Small Fume", on Wednesday and said he was currently being detained for 29 days in Bucharest pending a criminal investigation.

The hacker shot to fame last February after he hacked into Bush family emails and posted artwork by the former president, including self-portraits in the shower and bathtub.

"(Guccifer) was assigned a criminal defence lawyer," the prosecutor's office source said, adding his appeal against his detention would be considered by the court on Monday or Tuesday.

 
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