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Man behind global malware network opposes extradition to US after arrest in S’pore

SINGAPORE – The Chinese national arrested in Singapore for allegedly running a zombie computer network that allowed criminals to commit countless crimes has opposed his extradition to the United States.

In the state courts on May 31, Senior District Judge Ong Hian Sun asked Wang Yunhe if he intends to surrender to foreign authorities.

Singapore Police previously indicated that Washington had submitted an extradition request for Wang after his arrest. The United States has an extradition treaty with Singapore.

His lawyer, Ng Yuan Siang, who said he was informed by Wang’s wife, said his client opposes the extradition.

The judge asked Mr Ng if Wang knew he could consent to his extradition and waive the proceedings. The attorney said he will speak to his client about this.

In April 2022, changes were made to the Extradition Law to allow fugitives to consent to their extradition.

This is in line with international practice, to save state resources and prevent the fugitive from being detained longer than necessary in Singapore.

During the process, which lasted about 15 minutes, Wang attempted to present his case to the judge, but his lawyer prevented him from doing so.

The bespectacled 35-year-old, who appeared via video link, spoke Mandarin and was translated for him by a court interpreter.

At the end of the trial, the judge granted the prosecution’s request that Wang remain in pretrial detention for another seven days.

His next appearance is June 6.

In an earlier statement, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said Wang’s alleged crimes had allowed cybercriminals to steal billions of dollars through financial fraud, identity theft and other crimes.

He was arrested on May 24 in a multi-jurisdictional operation led by the Department of Justice.

Wang had allegedly worked with others between 2014 and July 2022 to create and spread the 911 S5 botnet to millions of Windows home computers around the world.

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