Romanian court rules hacker can be extradited to US

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian court has ruled that a hacker known as Guccifer should be extradited to the U.S. to serve a 4½-year prison sentence.

The court in the central city of Alba Iulia ruled Monday that Romanian Marcel Lazar Lehel will be extradited after completing a seven-year sentence in Romania.

Guccifer gained global notoriety after he hacked the email accounts of U.S. officials including former secretaries of state Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton, and members of the Bush family.

Lehel, 46, was sent to the U.S. in March 2016 and pleaded guilty to hacking Clinton's emails in the state of Virginia. He was later sent back to Romania and is currently incarcerated in the city of Deva on other charges.

Monday's ruling can be appealed. Lehel previously said he wants to serve his U.S. prison sentence in Romania.