Sébastien Raoult, French student accused of cybercrime by the FBI, was extradited from Morocco to the United States
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. Mr. Raoult has been incarcerated since the beginning of June in 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 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.
Asked by AFP on Wednesday, the spokesperson for the Quai d’Orsay, Anne-Claire Legendre, said that “The timetable for the extradition of Mr. Sébastien Raoult is a matter of sovereign relations between Morocco and the United States”.