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Metro thief is wanted for Paris killing

A Tunisian man wanted for a killing in Paris in 2011, is the same one currently in jail in Sweden for leaving a drunken man for dead on train tracks, after picking his pockets.

Metro thief is wanted for Paris killing
The Tunisian suspect, pictured on security footage of a Stockholm metro station, moments after picking the pockets of a drunk man he left on the tracks. Photo: Youtube screengrab

The 28-year-old thief made headlines worldwide in September 2012, when he left a drunk man on the train tracks after picking his pockets at the Sandsborg metro stop in southern Stockholm. 

Minutes later, the robbery victim was hit by a train and has since had part of his leg amputated.

Now, a French television viewer has said he recognizes the man from security footage from a 2011 killing in Paris. The French citizen alerted friends in Sweden, who then contacted the police about their friend's suspicion that the subway robber was a wanted killer.

“There are also photos in the French case, and we’ve been able to compare them with the man currently being detained in Sweden,” Johan Sone of the Swedish Criminal Investigation Department  was quoted as saying in French daily Le Parisien.

“We can now confirm that this is one and the same person,” said Sone, who also confirmed that the Tunisian had been wanted in France for “assault and manslaughter.”

The thief was sentenced late last year to 18 months in prison for aggravated robbery,

After serving his sentence he will be extradited to France to face an investigation and potential charges. 

A version of this article first appeared in The Local Sweden on February 20th.

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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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