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Pablo Escobar's Brother Is Suing Apple For $2.6 Billion

Pablo Escobar's Brother Is Suing Apple For $2.6 Billion

Pablo Escobar's brother is suing Apple for $2.6 billion after claiming that his phone was hacked through FaceTime.

The sibling of the dead drug kingpin has claimed that he received a threatening letter from someone named Diego who had managed to get his address, as well as other information, from the video call app.

According to reports, court documents seen by media outlets state that Roberto went to the Apple store in Medellin, Colombia, in April 2018.

It was then that he purchased the mobile phone after reportedly being assured by staff that it was the safest and most secure phone on offer at that time.

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Within a year of owning it, however, Roberto claims that he received a menacing letter and became extremely concerned for his family's safety.

Robert Escobar is suing Apple for $2.6bn. Credit: Greek Reporter
Robert Escobar is suing Apple for $2.6bn. Credit: Greek Reporter

He later found out that the FaceTime function may be vulnerable to hacking.

As a result, he ha since moved house and claims he has had to spend 'substantial amounts of time and money' on security to avoid 'future attempts on his life'.

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Fearful of what may happen, Roberto is now suing Apple, claiming the company 'failed to provide a phone free of exploits'.

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He has also reportedly made claims of negligent infliction of emotional distress and negligence/negligent misrepresentation.

According to reports, the drug lord's brother has also recently been selling 24k gold iPhones $499 through his company Escobar Inc.

The advert on his site reads: "The OFFICIAL ESCOBAR GOLD 11 PRO smartphone is the real APPLE KILLER phone. Rest In Peace Apple, Pablo always wins."

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Roberto was the accountant to his drug lord brother Pablo. Credit: PA
Roberto was the accountant to his drug lord brother Pablo. Credit: PA

Earlier this year, Jhon Jairo 'Popeye' Velásquez - Pablo Escobar's former chief hitman - passed away today aged 57.

Colombia's National Penitentiary and Prison Institute (INPEC) confirmed Velasquez died in the early hours of the morning in the National Cancer Institute in the capital Bogota.

Velásquez worked as Pablo Escobar's highest-ranking hitman during the 80s and once revealed he was responsible for the mass killing of 110 people with a briefcase bomb in 1989.

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The multiple murders were part of a plan to assassinate then presidential candidate César Gaviria who supported extraditing Colombian drug dealers to the US to face prosecution.

The politician was supposed to be travelling onboard a domestic Avianca airlines flight from Bogota to Cali, however, his security prevented him from boarding.

Featured Image Credit: The Greek Reporter

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Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]