Australian hacker avoids trial, goes on the run

Facing 25 hacking charges, a 19 year-old Australian man has absconded to Europe, ahead of his court hearing for involvement in an international cyber-crime operation that notoriously targeted some of the world's largest corporations and military bodies, including Microsoft and the US Army.

The man, whose identity has been kept anonymous, was considered a juvenile at the time of his arrest in May 2013, but currently as an adult will face six counts of unlawful use of a computer and seven counts of possessing child-exploitation material, allegedly as party to the theft and attacks that cost upward of 100 million in damages.

According to online news sources, “court delays and harassment” had made funding the man's legal defence “impossible,” and was the motivation for his departure overseas.

Citing unclear charges against his client, Andrew Chelvathurai, the alleged hacker's attorney, told Australian newspapers that "proving this case is going to be a real challenge for them. [My client] operated a few virtual servers on which he was system administrator, but that doesn't mean he downloaded material himself."

Western Australia Police refused to comment on the case, but Western Australia's Director of Public Prosecutions has informed Interpol that the man is a person of interest.

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