Hushpuppi’s defense lawyer, Gal Pissetzky, has shared his initial thoughts about the arrest of the Dubai-based Nigerian socialite claiming FBI kidnapped Hushpuppi.
Hushpuppi was arrested by Dubai Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation in his residence in Dubai in June and was extradited to the United States.
The FBI in affidavit alleged that the suspected Nigerian fraudster “conspired to launder funds stolen in a $14.7 million cyber-heist from a foreign financial institution.”
However, Pissetzky has argued that the US government and FBI has no authority to take his client from Dubai to the US.
“In my opinion, the FBI and the government here acted illegally when they kidnapped him from Dubai without any legal process to do so,” Mr 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,” his lawyer says.