US secures Moroccan extradition of French hacker Sébastien Raoult

The Moroccan authorities agreed, on Wednesday, to deliver the French hacker Sébastien Raoult to American justice, in application of the extradition procedure implemented within the framework of bilateral cooperation relations between the two countries in the criminal field.

The process of extraditing French citizen Sébastien Raoult to the United States of America was overseen by FBI agents, who traveled, together with Sébastien Raoult, from Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca to John F. Kennedy airport in New York on a flight that took off this Wednesday, January 25, around 3:50 p.m.

French citizen Sébastien Raoult, who was handed over by Morocco to the US Department of Justice, hides a long history behind him and is tainted with complex information crimes, whose maximum sentence can reach 116 years in prison, according to the American law.

It should be recalled that Sébastien Raoult was arrested on May 31, at Rabat airport, when he was about to take 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 an Interpol red notice 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 1 GB 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 universe of Pokémon, which the American authorities accuse of carrying out cybercriminal actions on a regular basis, indicates the Obs, which announced the case.

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

Sébastien Raoult had 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.

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