French rescue workers were trying on Tuesday to keep a half-rotted corpse intact as they prised it out of a bank's air vent in order to determine if the dead man was trying to rob the establishment.

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Rotting body in bank mystifies French cops

French rescue workers were trying on Tuesday to keep a half-rotted corpse intact as they prised it out of a bank's air vent in order to determine if the dead man was trying to rob the establishment.

Credit Foncier employees had been complaining of a bad smell in their bank branch in the city of Lyon since last September, and on Monday a worker trying to find the source of the stench discovered the body.

The dead man became stuck in a bend in the vent and investigators were trying to find out “if it was a homeless man seeking refuge or an attempted break-in that went wrong”, said local prosecutor Marc Desert.

Firefighters and plumbing specialists were planning to widen the 50-centimetre (20-inch) shaft to get better access to the body and keep it in one piece to help police inquiries.


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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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