Lawyer accuses FBI of kidnapping Hushpuppi
A lawyer Gal Pissetzky has accused the FBI of kidnapping his client from Dubai and taken to the US.
Pissetzky is the lawyer defending in the court, the Nigerian suspected international fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, well known by the name, Ray Hushpuppi.
Hushpuppi was not the only one arrested during the operation, another cyber-crime suspect, Olalekan Jacob Ponle, popularly called Mr Woodberry was also picked up in Dubai, where they lived, in June.
The FBI later took them to the US where they appeared in a Chicago court on 3 July.
The US and UAE have no existing extradition treaty but Dubai police said the two suspected fraudsters were extradited to the US.
According to a BBC report, a spokesman for the US Department of Justice said that Hushpuppi was expelled from Dubai and was not extradited.
In an interview with the BBC, Hushpuppi’s lawyer Pissetzky, said, “In my opinion, the FBI and the government here acted illegally when they kidnapped him from Dubai without any legal process to do so.
“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.”
Pissetzky further disclosed the internet celebrity is a legitimate businessman who deals on real estate, according to Forbes.