Sébastien Raoult, French student accused of cybercrime by FBI, was extradited from Morocco to United States

He risks a sentence of more than a hundred years for the facts alleged against him by the American authorities, estimates his lawyer.

Mo12345lemonde with AFP

Égé aged 21, French Sébastien Raoult, accused of cybercrime by the FBI and imprisoned in Morocco for more than seven months, was extradited, Wednesday, January 25, to the United States. “The extradition took place this Wednesday at Casablanca airport on a flight to New York. The operation was carried out by FBI agents,” said a Moroccan police source required anonymity.

This computer student risks a sentence of more than a hundred years in the United States for the facts attributed to him, according to his lawyer. He is accused by the American justice of “conspiracy with a view to committing fraud and electronic abuse”, “theft of serious identity” and of being a member of the shinyhuters, a group of “cybercriminals” suspected by the American justice to be behind corporate cyber attacks. Mr. Raoult has been imprisoned since the beginning of June at Tiflet 2 prison, near Rabat, Morocco, at the request of the American authorities. Wanted by the FBI, the young man was the subject of an interpol red sheet issued by a Washington State prosecutor.

In France, Sébastien’s father, Paul Raoult, convinced of his son’s innocence, demanded his extradition to France rather than the United States. His lawyer, Philippe Ohayon, had seized the Committee against the UN torture at the end of December, fearing his next extradition to the United States, but this body refused to record his request.

Questioned Wednesday by AFP, spokesperson for the Quai d’Orsay, Anne-Claire Legendre, said that “the extradition calendar of Mr. Sébastien Raoult is sovereign relations between Morocco and States -Unis “.

/Media reports cited above.