Earlier today, a court in Thessaloniki, Greece, approved an extradition demand against Aleksandr Vinnik made by the US. The 38-year-old Russian stands accused of utilizing the BTC-e exchange platform to wash money, along with running it without a license.Immediately following the
ruling, the defence team filed an appeal. Vinnik’s attorney discussed to < a href=https://www.rt.com/news/405702-us-extradition-greece-vinnik-bitcoin/ >
RT press reporters: Firstly, no proof has been brought [by the US] to support the charges– whatever that’s specified there is of a hypothetical nature. Second of all, this criminal activity is technically impossible at all. It’s impossible to connect Aleksandr Vinnik to the incriminated crimes … If the decision of the American side is ultimately pleased (and Vinnik is extradited) then any citizen in the world might be arrested at any second on false accusations, in which there are no facts, however just presumptions– that he could dedicate a crime.Naturally, the precedent such an extradition would set is chilling. Whatever wrongs Vinnik may have performed in other jurisdictions, none should go to trial in the United States. BTC-e were not an American business, and they were not operating on US area. They for that reason might not be infraction of US law. This was the general belief of both the defence group and Vinnik’s wife, Alexandra.Vinnik is also desired for similar criminal offenses in Russia.
Whilst he declares he wants to combat his extradition to the US, he will not refute being turned over to Russia. This might have something to do with the reality that he is only presumed of taking 600,000 rubles($10,500 )in a case of online scams rather than the< a href =http://nypost.com/2017/10/04/greece-to-extradite-russian-suspect-in-bitcoin-cybercrime/ >$4 billion loan laundering charges he deals with in the states. He informed the court hearing today’s case:”I have absolutely nothing to do with what I am accused of.”During his arrest last July on vacation in Greece, electronic equipment had actually been
taken. Vinnik insists that these had absolutely nothing to do with his profession and were simply for his kids to watch cartoons on.Vinnik’s defence group summarized with a damning review of the US handling of the situation, claiming them to be: …
restricting the liberty of working, violating the rights and freedoms of people, which are reflected in
all the files, on which European and American society is based: liberty of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom of private life, banking secrecy, freedom of entrepreneurship.”Inning Accordance With Timofey Musatov, the defence attorney, the appeal has actually been arranged for October 11. Source: Daily Mail |. Image: Greece Russia Bitcoin Scams