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French bodies found in Swiss nature reserve

Swiss police said they found the body of a French man and his two young children at the base of a cliff on Friday, in what appeared to be a possible murder-suicide. Another body was found nearby.

French bodies found in Swiss nature reserve
The Creux-du-Van cliff at the bottom of which Swiss Canton of Neuchatel police found the bodies of a man and his two young children. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The body of a woman was also found a few hundred metres away in the spectacular Creux-du-Van nature reserve, but it was not immediately clear if there was a link. All four are believed to be French nationals.

Police had launched a search in the Jura mountain area using a helicopter and sniffer dogs after an unidentified man called, voicing concern about a message he had received from a relative revealing plans to kill himself and his two small children.

“The most likely scenario is that (the man) killed himself with his two children,” Daniel Favre, deputy spokesman for the police in the canton of Neuchatel, told AFP.

Police later identified the man as a 45-year-old. His son was two and his daughter was three, a statement said.

Initial indications suggested that the woman who was also found was not the wife and mother of the deceased man and children.

Police listed her age as “around 45” and said she lived in Neuchatel.

Preliminary evidence suggests she also committed suicide, the statement said.

“For the moment, it is really unclear if the two cases are linked, but it doesn't seem so,” Favre said.

 

 

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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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