The French court allowed Schneider to return to his place of residence in Lorraine after being detained in a Nancy prison for the last seven months. He has been released on bail and ordered to stay home while wearing an electronic bracelet. In September he asked to be released and wear the tracking device.
Schneider will remain under house arrest until January 2022 when the court will decide whether or not to extradite him to the US.
The US wants to try the former intelligence service agent for fraud and money laundering, for which he faces up to 40 years in prison.
Schneider was arrested last April in Audun-le-Tiche and was due to be sentenced in July. The Nancy court of appeals then requested additional information on the case, postponing its decision until Thursday 23 September. The date was then postponed again after Schneider’s lawyer filed a lengthy brief opposing his client’s extradition.