Alleged BTC-e Owner Alexander Vinnik Will Be Extradited
Greece’s Supreme Civil and Criminal Court decided to extradite Alexander Vinnik, the alleged owner of BTC-e, to Russia so he can face the cyber fraud charges he has been accused of, reported state news agency RIA Novosti on September 4.
The ruling regarding Vinnik’s extradition to Russia will be issued and come into effect September 14th.
During the actual hearing, the Supreme Court will also consider France’s request on the alleged BTC-e owner’s extradition.
Vinnik was reported to have agreed with his extradition to his home country. “[This case] is now up to politicians and their will,” stated his attorney Timofey Musatov.
The U.S., France, and Russia are currently disagreeing regarding where Vinnik will be extradited. A number of Greek courts have formerly ruled in support of all three countries, the Greek Minister of Justice taking the final decision.
In July 2017, Vinnik was apprehended by Greek authorities after the U.S. Department of Justice found him guilty of fraud and laundering a sum worth approximately $4 billion in Bitcoin (BTC).
Vinnik was then charged in France with “defraud[ing] over 100 people in six French cities between 2016 and 2018”.
The government of Russian also got involved in the case, asking for the extradition of the supposed BTC-e owner. According to an RIA report made last year, Vinnik was charged in Russia with laundering an amount which is equal to 667,000 rubles (nearly $9,800).
Days before the Supreme Court ruled its final hearing, Vinnik’s attorney Makarov blamed French prosecutors of attempting to interrogate his client without the permission of Greek officials, according to reports made last week.