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Frenchman confesses to killing parents and ex parents-in-law

A 50-year-old Frenchman who handed himself into police has confessed to killing his parents and parents-in-law in a quadruple murder over his "fierce hatred" of them all, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Frenchman confesses to killing parents and ex parents-in-law
The man handed himself in to police and admitted the crimes. Photo: AFP

The man, an only child, said he killed his parents in the southern city of Perpignan and ex-parents-in-law at Le Boulou, close to the border with Spain.

Officers confirmed that four bodies had been found at the indicated locations. The suspect handed himself over to the police on Sunday night after killing them over the weekend, prosecutors said.

“He reproached his parents… for being 'bad parents,'” deputy Perpignan prosecutor Luc-Andre Lenormand said in a statement.

The man described his ex-parents-in-law – with whom he had not been in contact with for around ten years – as manipulative and demonic, Lenormand added.

“All these years (the suspect) nurtured a fierce hatred of the victims. A hatred that led him to kill them on August 22nd and 23rd,” the statement said, without giving any details on how the victims died.

The man, currently in custody, risks a life sentence. He is due to be interrogated by an investigating magistrate ahead of being charged.

After his arrest, he was taken to hospital in Perpignan for treatment due to suspicions he had taken a large quantity of medication, the prosecutor 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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