Greece Extradites Russian Bitcoin Suspect To U.S. Alexander Vinnik from Russia is a suspect of money laundry that sees the USA lose billions of dollars thanks to BTC.A Greek court finally rules for the extradition of a Russian cybercrime suspect to the U.S. The man from Russia is a suspect of money laundry that sees the U.S. lose billions of dollars thanks to bitcoin. The alleged criminal is Alexander Vinnik. Appearing in court on Wednesday, Alexander continues to say that he is innocent. He claims that he is not involved in the crimes the two governments of U.S. and Russia are accusing him of. Wednesday is the last day the suspect is appearing in court. The two countries are fighting to have powers of trying and convicting the defendant in their territories.
Why Greece Extradites Russian Bitcoin Suspect To U.S?
Greece Justice Minister is yet to make a decision on which side will finally have the suspect. Both countries, the U.S. and Russia are talking tough saying that each has a right to try and convict Alexander. Even as the countries fight over which of them will try the suspect, one thing is clear. Alexander will face a trial of his money laundry allegations from one county. Depending on what Greece Justice Minister will decide, the suspect will face charges either in Russia or the U.S.
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It is possible that cases of money laundry will continue to come. Above all, this will be the case following recent claims that North Korea is working on storing as many bitcoins as possible. There are claims that the country is seeking compensation.
The 38-year old Alexander is a former BTC operator. He denies taking part in any form of illegal money transfers. But on a sharp contrast, he doesn’t seem to object Russian bid to give him a lesser charge. According to the U.S. authorities, Vinnik is responsible for laundering up to $4 billion worth of bitcoins through an exchange platform called BTC-e. Above all, this is one of the largest digital currency exchange platforms.
Greece Court Rules Russian Bitcoin Suspect Extradition To U.S. Is A Must
The United States of America says that Vinnik operates the platform. The suspect is arrested in July when he is visiting a holiday resort in the north of Greece. Since July, Vinnik is in custody. A lower court is ruling his extradition to the U.S. The suspect’s lawyer Ilias Spyrliadis says he will respond. He is waiting for a word from the Justice Minister. Until then, the lawyer says he will not comment on the state of his client.
The lawyer, however, points out that at the moment; he knows what the court is deciding. He maintains that his client respects the authorities. “The Supreme Court is, in essence, accepting that our client goes to the United States to face the charge. Our client is not making any response. He is listening to the ruling as judges read it out. It is now up to the Justice Minister to decide when and where our client will go whether Russia or the U.S.,” says Spyrliadis.