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Corsican mobster ‘Tony the Butcher’ gunned down at French airport

A notorious Corsican mobster was killed and two people were wounded on Tuesday in an suspected tit-for-tat shooting at an airport on the French island of Corsica.

Corsican mobster 'Tony the Butcher' gunned down at French airport
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The shooting took place in a car park near the entrance of Bastia airport in the north of the Mediterranean island.
   
Two men opened fire, instantly killing Antoine Quilichini, an organised crime boss nicknamed “Tony the Butcher” who was convicted in 2016 of conspiring to murder the cousin of a mafia boss.
   
Jean-Luc Codaccioni, who was on leave from a Corsican prison where he was serving time over the same murder, was seriously wounded.
   
A third man sustained minor injuries after being grazed by a bullet, the public prosecutor in Bastia, Caroline Tharot, said.
 
A murder investigation has been launched.
 
Killings linked to gang violence and drug trafficking have claimed a number of lives in Corsica, where separatists waged a nearly four-decade bombing campaign before laying down arms in 2014.
   
Nationalists seeking greater autonomy for the mountainous island of 300,000 — birthplace of Napoleon — are tipped for big gains in the second round of regional elections Sunday.

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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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