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November 2022 - January 2023

France extradites Spanish EncroChat cryptophone distributors for complicity with organised crime

Three Spanish nationals have been extradited from Spain to France to face charges that they supplied EncroChat encrypted phones that were used by organised crime groups. French public prosecutors argue that the distributors were complicit in the activities of organised criminals who had used EncroChat mobile phones for drug sales and money laundering. A European Arrest and Surrender Order, issued by the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Lille, France, accuses three phone resellers of being complicit in a criminal organisation, drug trafficking, money laundering, illegal possession of weapons and cyber crime. At least one person was handed over to the French authorities on 21 August 2022 and appeared before an examining judge in Lille on 23 August. He was released on bail and is required to report to the police while investigations continue, according to his lawyer, Alberto López Orive, who said his client returned to Spain between 1 and 2 September. Encrypted phones legal in Spain Although supplying encrypted phones is legal in ...

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