A 24-year-old offender who made a getaway from police at a court hearing and then taunted them online was finally caught on Wednesday.

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Convict caught after taunting police on video

A 24-year-old offender who made a getaway from police at a court hearing and then taunted them online was finally caught on Wednesday.

Convict caught after taunting police on video

Saïd Bahmed had been taken to court in Besançon in eastern France on June 27th when he managed to slip through an automatic door as it was closing and make his escape.

He resurfaced again in early August in a video that showed him laughing, joking and taunting police about his escape. He even brandished the handcuffs that he’d been wearing at the time.

The video, titled “la liberté n’a pas de prix” (freedom has no price), has been watched over 425,000 times on YouTube.

In an interview from a secret location on TV channel France 3 on Monday, Bahmed said he would be happy to hand himself over to police, “if I can be held in a prison in Besançon or nearby.”

Bahmed was rounded up in a police raid on Wednesday morning in the Clair Soleil area of Besançon where he comes from. The arrest happened “without any problems,” said local prosecutor Alain Saffar.

He claimed in the France 3 interview that the video had been an attempt to promote his fledgling career as a rapper. Perhaps wary of how police might react when they finally caught up with them he also apologized for any offence caused.

Barring any further escapes, Bahmed will be back in court on Thursday. He is likely to get an extension to the sentence of one year in prison that was passed in his absence at the original court hearing on June 27th. 

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Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Frenchman Sebastien Raoult pleaded not guilty to cybercrimes Friday in Seattle federal court, two days after he was extradited from Morocco.

Frenchman extradited to US on hacking charges pleads not guilty

Federal Judge Michelle Peterson told the 21-year-old Raoult that he was charged with nine counts, including conspiracy, computer intrusion, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Raoult listened through an interpreter.

After Raoult’s plea of not guilty, the judge ordered him to be detained as a flight risk until a hearing April 3.

Moroccan authorities arrested Raoult at Rabat airport May 31 at the request of the US Department of Justice. Along with Raoult, two other French nationals were also arrested, Gabriel Bildstein, 23, and Abdel-Hakim El-Ahmadi, 22.

According to Raoult’s indictment, he and the other two men are alleged to have formed a hacking team, dubbed “ShinyHunters,” to steal confidential data from 60 companies to sell on the dark web where criminals routinely operate.

Some of the companies are located in the Seattle area.

According to experts, beginning in 2020, the hackers stole customer data from the Indonesian e-commerce site Tokopedia, the US clothing brand Bonobos, the US telecom AT&T and many other companies, putting the personal data for sale on the dark web.

The criminal charges carry a possible jail term of up to 27 years in prison.

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