The administrative judge rejects a request from the lawyer of Sébastien Raoult, imprisoned in Morocco

During a summary release hearing on Friday, his lawyer, Me Philippe Ohayon, asked the Paris administrative court to order the Keeper of the Seals Éric Dupond-Moretti to send the documents of a request for mutual criminal assistance executed by France and formulated by the American authorities in July 2020, then renewed until May 16, 2022, concerning the “ShinyHunters”, a group of hackers.

The lawyer argued in particular that these documents were likely to demonstrate that the French courts were competent to prosecute Sébastien Raoult and therefore allow his extradition to France rather than the United States.


In its decision on Tuesday, the administrative court considered that the administrative judge was “not competent to order the communication of these acts”.

“Since the minister maintained that he was bound by a kind of confidentiality clause, we are going to ask the minister to ask, or even demand from the Americans, the lifting of this clause”, reacted Me Ohayon. “If he doesn’t, that means there’s something wrong.” “In this final episode of the Raoult affair, we observe that everyone is passing the buck, no one is competent and everything is confidential. From this observation, the Americans do what they want in France, impose their rules of rights on us, despite our own laws, ”lamented Paul Raoult, Sébastien’s father.

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

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