Justice in favor of the extradition of Frenchman Raoult to the United States

The Rabat Court of Cassation has delivered a “favorable opinion” on the extradition to the United States of Frenchman Sébastien Raoult, suspected in a cybercrime case, according to an official document.

In a July 20 ruling, the nation’s highest court “did not order” the extradition of the 21-year-old Frenchman, imprisoned for two months in Morocco, but said he was there “favorable”explained to AFP a Moroccan source close to the file.

Extradition itself can only be decided “by the Head of Government on the proposal of a commission also bringing together the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice”we added from the same source.

To justify its decision, the Court of Cassation indicates that the request for extradition was presented by the United States “within the period provided by law”accompanied by all the necessary documents (arrest warrant, summary of the facts and information on the identity of the suspect).

Furthermore, it specifies that the “crimes” for which it is claimed by the Americans “have their equivalents in the Moroccan Penal Code” and adds that “the extradition request fulfills all the conditions required by law”.

Sébastien Raoult’s French lawyer, Philippe Ohayon, reacted to AFP by reiterating his request for the opening of a judicial investigation in France, accompanied by a French arrest warrant to obtain the extradition of his client. towards France.

This decision “we have strengthened our determination to obtain the extradition to France of Sébastien Raoult”he said.

“We believe that Sébastien Raoult was not simply abandoned by France, but that he was sacrificed, in view of the Franco-American police operation of May 31 with the arrest in France of five other people in This folder “the same day as the arrest of his client in Morocco.

The case arouses a lot of emotion in France where Sébastien Raoult’s father recently appealed to President Emmanuel Macron to help him.

The American authorities are calling for the extradition of the 21-year-old student from Epinal for his alleged involvement in a cybercrime case targeting companies, in particular. According to the French weekly, L’Obs, the giant Microsoft is one of them.

Sébastien Raoult has been incarcerated since June 2 in Tiflet 2 prison, near Rabat. He faces up to 116 years in prison in the United States if convicted, according to Ohayon.

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