Alexander Vinnik, a russian former BTC-e mastermind was arrested in July 2017 by Greek police at the request of the U.S Department of Justice, who accused him of fraud and Bitcoin laundering worth of $4 billion in bitcoin over a period of six years.
On July 30 the Associated Press reported that a Greek court accepted a Russian request to extradite Vinnik. The decision of the court is complicating the international legal procedure of the case.
Previously on July, Vinnik, also known as “Mr.Bitcoin” was charge by France on fraud charges of “defrauding over 100 people in six French cities between 2016 and 2018.” The suspected denied the allegations stating that he was “transferring e-money through a platform,” which he considered as “legitimate personal transactions.”
Vinnik was indicted and subjected to a “fake” interrogation by French prosecutors on Tuesday, August 28, his attorney Timofey Musatov told Russian news outlet Izvestiya Thursday, August 30.
According to Musatov, his client Vinnik is currently awaiting the extradition in Greece where he was brought to a court and then informed about the official charges in France. Mustavo also stated that the action of French prosecutors act to hold a “fake” interrogation without informing his lawyers, was injustice against Vinnik’s rights.
The final decision over which country Vinnik is going to be apprehended is in the hands of Greece’s justice minister.
Author: Sarah Tuuli