The DGAPR rejects the words of the father of Sébastien Raoult imprisoned in Tiflet 2

Moroccan prison authorities on Wednesday rejected the statements of the father of the young Frenchman, Sébastien Raoult, a school dropout, imprisoned in Tiflet 2 prison since June 2, in a case of international cybercrime. It is claimed by the United States.

While the father of the 21-year-old young man said the day before that his son was imprisoned in deplorable conditions, describing that he ate on the floor and slept on the floor “without a mattress”, the general delegation to the prison administration and reintegration (DGAPR), rejected these remarks.

“The statements of the father of the detainee in question (Sébastien Raoult) are untruths. The person concerned enjoys, like other detainees, all his rights, ”said a source from the DGAPR to the Afp agency.

“Contrary to what his father claims, he has a bed and shares an eight-bed cell with seven fellow prisoners. His meals are served to him on a tray, ”added the same source.

The suspect was arrested by Moroccan police as he was about to leave the territory for Belgium, following an Interpol red notice issued against him by the United States.

He was arrested on May 31 at Rabat-Salé airport and taken to Tiflet 2 prison near the capital pending his extradition to the United States, which is claiming him.

His father describes his son as innocent of the charges against him, and describes a young man in a situation of rupture with studies.

“He was in a phase of rupture with the studies. He wanted to live, to discover the world and to travel and felt like he was wasting his time at school, ”explained his father Paul Raoult to Afp.

According to the Obs which revealed the affair, Sébastien Raoult, who was studying information, would be accused in the United States of “conspiracy to commit electronic fraud and abuse”, “electronic fraud” and “theft of serious identity.

In addition, this case of cyberpiracy, would be organized by a group of active hackers, named the “ShinyHunters”, adds the same source. American companies would be victims of this case and among them are Microsoft.

According to the student’s lawyer, if he is extradited to the United States and subject to American law, his client could face up to 116 years in prison.

The suspect’s family is trying to contact the highest representatives of the French state to prevent the extradition of their son. Letters were sent to President Emmanuel Macron, but also to Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, and to the Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti.

The Minister of Justice has been called upon to make an extradition request to the Moroccan authorities so that he can be tried in France.

The father of the young man who has not received an answer, criticizes a “denial of justice”. “My son was betrayed by France”, accuses Paul Raoult, and asks: “Why this silence at the highest level of the State? »,

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