Sébastien Raoult, accused of computer hacking, faces more than a hundred years in prison in the USA, his family asks that the investigation return to France

Originally from Epinal (Vosges), Sébastien Raoult is accused of computer misappropriation. He is imprisoned in Morocco. The United States accuses him of having participated in the hacking of several companies. He faces more than 100 years in prison for “conspiring to commit electronic fraud and abuse”.

According to the American authorities, the Vosges Sébastien Raoult is part of a group of hackers accused of cybercrime on their territory. Currently detained in Morocco, he faces 116 years in prison. The Moroccan justice gave in July a favorable opinion to his extradition.

The request of his lawyer intended to avoid his extradition was rejected by the French administrative justice on Tuesday August 30. He considered that the administrative judge was not “not competent to order communication of these acts”. Thus, according to Olivier Ohayon, Sébastien Raoult’s lawyer, “the documents requested were likely to demonstrate that the French courts had jurisdiction to prosecute Sébastien Raoult, and therefore allow his extradition to France rather than the United States”.

And he adds: I wanted to obtain documents proving a request for mutual assistance between France and the United States concerning the “ShinyHunters“”.

The 21-year-old student from Lorraine from Epinal (Vosges) is accused of having participated in the hacking of several companies, in particular American ones.

Olivier Ohayon, contacted in Paris by telephone by France 3 Lorraine, explains: “There is no French extradition request. He is still in Morocco and we are awaiting the decisions of the Moroccan government. For the time being, it is a matter that depends on the financial center of Paris. We would like the prosecution des Vosges takes up the case and puts an end to this story. It must depend on the French jurisdiction which sacrificed Sébastien Raoult”.

In a decision rendered on July 20 and revealed on Monday August 8 by Agence France-Presse, the Court of Cassation of Morocco pronounced a “favorable opinion” to the Frenchman’s extradition request to the United States. This is unheard of, because in order not to have to judge five people, justice leaves one of its nationals on the side. We seek justice.” explains Olivier Ohayon. Two other French people are also targeted by American justice.

Since the beginning of the case, Paul Raoult, 63, is fighting for his son, accused of being part of a large group of hackers, to be tried in France and especially in the Vosges.

Sébastien Raoult was arrested on May 31 at Rabat-Salé airport (Maros), on the basis of a red card issued by Interpol at the request of the United States. The American Federal Police (FBI) suspects him of belonging to the ShinyHunters, a cybergang whose name refers to the world of Pokémon and which specializes in the theft and sale of data.


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