his lawyer wishes to have access to the file

Sebastian’s lawyer Raoulta French student arrested in Morocco at the request of the United States, which accuses him of cybercrime, urgently asked the Paris administrative court on Friday to compel the Keeper of the Seals to communicate to him the documents in the file, “essential” for his defense. .

During an interim release hearing, his lawyer Me Philippe Ohayon asked to order Eric Dupond-Moretti to send, within five days, the documents of the request for mutual criminal assistance executed by France and formulated by the American authorities in July 2020, then renewed until May 16, 2022. “By this inaction of the ministry, our defense faculties in Morocco are seriously amputated”, he summarized.

Sebastian Raoult21, was arrested on May 31 in Morocco as he was about to board a plane to return to France and has since been imprisoned near Rabat.

The American authorities are calling for the extradition of the student from Epinal for his alleged involvement in a cybercrime case targeting companies, American in particular including Microsoft.

Morocco in favor of extradition

The Moroccan justice gave in July a favorable opinion to this extradition, considering that the alleged offenses “were committed by a Frenchman on American territory via the unauthorized connection to the computers of companies domiciled on American territory”. Extradition itself can only be decided by the Moroccan political power.

The documents requested during the hearing on Friday can “demonstrate that the alleged acts were committed not in the requesting State, but in France, by French nationals”, and that he must therefore be extradited to France. rather than in the United States, according to Me Ohayon.

He could rely on these documents to form a future gracious appeal before the Moroccan Prime Minister in order to avoid extradition across the Atlantic, where Mr. Raoult He would face a sentence of 116 years in prison.

The minister refuses

But in a letter dated Friday consulted by theAFPMr. Dupond-Moretti replied refusing to send him the documents for three reasons: the ministry does not have them yet, S├ębastien Raoult is not a party to the proceedings and requests for assistance between the United States and France are confidential.

“It’s not that we don’t want, it’s that we can’t” disclose these documents, insisted Julien Retailleau, one of the four representatives of the ministry present at the hearing. “We would replace the judicial authority (the magistrates of the Paris court, editor’s note)”.

The decision should be known by the middle of next week.

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