“FBI Kidnapped My Client, The US Had No Authority To Take Him” – Hushpuppi’s Lawyer Says
Hushpuppi’s lawyer, Gal Pissetzky has continued to come to the defence of the suspected fraudster.
The lawyer claims that his client was ‘kidnapped’ by the FBI as no legal documents were made for his arrest and no extradition treaty exists between the US and the UAE.
Hushpuppi was arrested in June in Dubai, United Arab Emirate and was later handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States.
The FBI alleged that the suspected fraudster “conspired to launder funds stolen in a $14.7 million cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution.”
Hushpuppi, allegedly duped about 1,926,400 victims, and is facing charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering, among others in the US, facing a possible prison term of 20 years.
Hushpuppi’s lawyer Pissetzky in an interview with Forbes on July 9, said his client’s business is legitimate. He added that Hushpuppi is “an entrepreneur” who made his money through “real estate” and “promoting brands”
Speaking with BBC on Friday July 10, Pissetzky said the FBI kidnapped his client and had no authority to move him from Dubai to USA without a legal process.
“In my opinion, the FBI and the government here acted illegally when they kidnapped him from Dubai without any legal process to do so,” Pissetzky told the BBC.
“There was no extradition, there were no legal steps taken, there were no court documents filed, it was simply a call to the FBI. He is not a citizen of the United States, the US had absolutely no authority to take him,” he added.
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