Compensation in Bitcoin for Moral Damages?
A Ukrainian court has decided to accept a lawsuit in which a citizen demands compensation in bitcoin for “moral damages” caused by law enforcement officials.
As the presiding judge found no legal grounds to reject the claim, the date for the preliminary hearing had been set, reported Bitcoin.com. Ukrainian citizen Dmytro G. demanded 1 BTC to be paid for the “moral damages” he suffered from an “unlawful” search. He is taking to court the officers from Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) and their colleagues from the Prosecutor’s Office who led the search.
The Boryspilsky District Court in Kyiv region has accepted investigate the case and even went ahead to schedule a preliminary hearing, reported Forklog. Judge Zhuravskiy found no legal grounds to dismiss the lawsuit, according to a legal document.
According to the court, all applicable norms have been observed, having already sent a copy of its resolve to the accused. They have a 15 –day interval in which they have to respond officially to the claims issued by the plaintiff. If the government agencies do not comply to this, the court will continue its proceedings by using the information they have available.
There have been many voices, including those of officials and institutions, that asked for the regulation of cryptos such as bitcoin. In January a cybersecurity meeting discussed cryptocurrencies, and the National Security Council established a working group that dealt with finalizing proposals. The Cyberpolice of Ukraine also requested for cryptocurrencies to be legalized.
Various statements indicate that Ukrainian legislators may apply different rules and laws for crypto mining and cryptocurrencies in the new legislation. Mining can become legal in the country before any verdicts are given in relation to the status and the exchange of digital currencies.
Regardless of what outcome this lawsuit may have, this legal action is the first of its kind to have ever happen in Ukraine’s courts. Should Dmytro receive the bitcoin compensation he demands, that would validate cryptocurrencies as being a means of payment in the country.