21-year-old Frenchman Sébastien Raoult, accused of cybercrime by the FBI and imprisoned in Morocco for more than seven months, was extradited to the United States on Wednesday January 25. “The extradition took place this Wednesday at Casablanca airport on board a flight to New York. The operation was carried out by FBI agents.said a Moroccan police source who requested anonymity.
This computer science 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 to commit electronic fraud and abuse”, “serious identity theft” and to be a member of the ShinyHunters, a group of “cybercriminals” suspected by American justice of being behind corporate cyberattacks.
Raoult had been incarcerated since early June in Tiflet 2 prison, near Rabat, Morocco, at the request of US authorities. Wanted by the FBI, the young man was the subject of an Interpol red card 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 to the United States. His lawyer, Philippe Ohayon, had seized the UN Committee against Torture at the end of December, fearing his imminent extradition to the United States, but this body refused to register his request.
Questioned on Wednesday by Agence France-Presse, the spokesperson for the Quai d’Orsay, Anne-Claire Legendre, affirmed that “The timetable for the extradition of Mr. Sébastien Raoult is a matter of sovereign relations between Morocco and the United States”.