The man regarded as behind infamous cryptocurrency alternate BTC-e, which is concerned in a multi-billion Bitcoin BTC fraud case, can be extradited to France.
In line with a Greek news report, Alexander Vinnik is dealing with allegations of laundering no less than $four billion by the cryptocurrency alternate.
[Read: Alleged Russian boss of Bitcoin ‘money-laundering scheme’ wants to go home]
The extradition comes after a Greek courtroom reportedly gave the go-ahead.
Vinnik’s lawyer Zoi Konstandopoulou mentioned he had been flown to France simply hours the courtroom ruling. The lawyer mentioned he had been taken to hospital as he was on the 35th day of a starvation strike in protest of his potential extradition to the European nation, The New York Times (NYT) reports.
Nevertheless, NYT notes that Greek authorities have been unable to verify on Thursday whether or not Vinnik had already left Greece.
France reportedly needs to trial Vinnik for alleged cybercrime, cash laundering, belonging to a prison group, and extortion.
As beforehand reported by Onerous Fork, Vinnik was arrested by Greek authorities in July 2017 whereas he was holidaying within the nation along with his household.
The arrest got here after Russia, France, and the US all issued worldwide warrants for his arrest.
Vinnik has maintained his innocence all through saying: “I don’t contemplate myself responsible […] The truth that I labored for BTC-e and did my job, and it’s not justifiable to accuse me of it. I came upon concerning the cost a few month after I used to be taken into custody. This was informed to me by my Russian lawyer.”
Based in 2011, BTC-e is reported to have dealt with nearly 5 % of Bitcoin’s buying and selling quantity at one level. Nevertheless, subsequent analysis confirmed that as a lot 95 % of ransomware-related cashouts passed off by its platform.
An attempt to shut down the alternate was made by the US Justice Division after they charged Vinnik (and BTC-e) with allegedly working a world cash laundering operation that includes stolen funds from Mt. Gox.
Printed January 24, 2020 — 11:19 UTC