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Three dead in New Year ‘crime of passion’

A man shot dead his former lover and two other people at a family New Year party in northern France before turning the gun on himself in an apparent crime of passion, police said Thursday.

Three dead in New Year 'crime of passion'
Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

The 30-year-old also wounded three people, one seriously, with a hunting rifle in the attack, which took place in the early hours of Thursday morning on a quiet street in Arras, not far from the port of Calais.

The man "did not handle his split (from his former partner) well" according to initial police investigations.

Two of those shot dead were in their 50s, according to police. The killer was later found dead in his car by officers close to the local hospital.

Two witnesses were also being cared for by emergency services.

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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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