The father of a French student arrested in Morocco in connection with a computer hacking case, called on the French Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, to prevent the extradition of his son to the United States, which claims him.
Sébastien Raoult, a young man, aged 21, had abandoned his computer studies last December before leaving for a 3-month vacation in Morocco, according to his father.
He was arrested on May 31 at Rabat airport as he was about to board a flight to Belgium, Moroccan police sources said. Since June 2, he has been imprisoned in Tiflet 2 prison, near Rabat.
While passing the checks, the police discovered that he was the subject of a red notice from Interpol at the request of the justice of the United States. The country accuses him of being involved in a big cybercrime case against American companies, including Microsoft, where 1GB of its source code has been made public.
The FBI suspects the young man of belonging to a group of hackers called the “ShinyHunters”, a reference to the world of Pokémon, which the American authorities accuse of carrying out cybercriminal actions on a regular basis, indicates the Obs, which has announced the case.
The suspect’s father also called on the Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti to ” come out of his silence » in this case (he believes that his son is not guilty, editor’s note) criticizing the fact that there is an extradition request in the United States when the acts of which he is accused were allegedly committed in France.
” I am convinced that my son is innocent, and that he is being used as a bargaining chip. Someone has probably usurped his identity. Things are not clear in this story, it is a politico-judicial scandal”, the suspect’s father said in a statement to AFP, adding that ” the United States believes that its laws should apply worldwide”.
The student’s lawyer sent letters to the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, to the French Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti and to the Epinal prosecutor’s office in the Vosges, where his client is domiciled, to ask to be tried in France.
If he is extradited to the United States who claim it, the young Frenchman risks a sentence of up to 116 years in prison. He is being prosecuted for “conspiracy to commit electronic fraud and abuse”, “electronic fraud” and “serious identity theft”.