Moroccan justice agrees to extradite a “French hacker” to the United States of America

The Rabat Court of Cassation issued a decision approving the deportation of the French citizen Sebastien Raoult to the United States of America, according to a document to which “AFP” had access, since he is wanted by the American justice in a case of computer hacking; While his family demands his deportation to France.

The decision stated that the Criminal Chamber of the aforementioned court “has decided to issue an opinion approving the extradition of the wanted Sebastian Raoult to the judicial authorities of the United States of America that sued him.”

A Moroccan source close to the file confirmed to “AFP” the issuance of this sentence, explaining that “the court’s decision continues to be an approval ruling and not an extradition order, since its execution is due to the Moroccan government.”

The source, who preferred not to be named, stated that “the implementation of the deportation is by decision of the Prime Minister, based on the advice of a specialized committee that includes representatives of the ministries of justice and foreign affairs.”

The Moroccan police arrested the 21-year-old French citizen, Sebastien Raoult, on May 31 when he arrived at the Rabat-Salé airport from France, where he was being persecuted by the International Police (Interpol) at the request of the American justice system.

The FBI suspects that the young Frenchman belongs to a group of hackers called “Chinese Hunters”, whose members are accused of committing “profitable” hacking operations targeting companies; Includes Microsoft.

US authorities are demanding his deportation, accusing him of being involved in a “wire fraud conspiracy”, “electronic fraud” and “serious identity theft”, according to the French magazine “Le Nouvel Observateur”, which broke the news of his arrest. .

But his lawyer, Philip Ohayon, is asking that his deportation to France be processed on the basis of an “open investigation by the French judiciary,” not the American judiciary. Raoult’s defense is based on the fact that he “lived only in France and Morocco, and if there was piracy, he passed from France”.

Ohayon said the Moroccan Court of Cassation’s decision “increases our determination to obtain a decision to expel Sebastien Raoult to France.” The defense of the French citizen, Sebastien Raoult, added: “We consider that France has abandoned him.”

He had previously addressed a request in this regard to French President Emmanuel Macron, Eric Dupont-Moretti, Minister of Justice, and the prosecutor of the province of Epinal, where the suspect was staying; But Moretti considered, last week, that “there is no possibility of interfering now in the case that is currently referred to Moroccan justice, based on a request from his American counterpart.”

If convicted by a US court, Raoult faces up to 116 years in prison, according to “Le Nouvel Observateur” magazine.