The case of Alexander Vinnik, the mastermind behind the Mt. Gox Exchange hack keeps getting interesting with each passing day. The battle for which country he will be extradited to is actively ongoing, and the French Government is currently questioning the hacker and seeking ways to have him extradited to France.
Over 4 Billion Dollars Worth of Cryptos Stolen from Mt. Gox
Vinnik who is responsible for the theft of about four to nine billion dollar worth of cryptocurrency from the now defunct Japanese exchange, Mt. Gox, was questioned by the French Government yesterday. The Government also made its intention of having him extradited to France publicly known.
His Lawyers Believes the French Investigators are Crying Wolf
Going by a statement from his lawyers, they are of the belief that the French Investigators are trying to trump-up false charges to hinder the extradition process of their client.
An attorney, Timofei Musatov, on Vinnik’s defence team states that :
“It is no coincidence that the interview has been scheduled before Alexander’s extradition and aims to exert not only psychological pressure on my client but also to obtain evidence of his guilt, which is absent in his case files,”
The defence Anthony further stressed that the French investigators are making use of a falsified information source and they not evidence of the defendant being guilty in existence.
Musatov further states that:
“Judging from the questions provided by the French investigators in advance, the defence team concluded that there is no evidence of Alexander’s guilt in the case files, while the information the investigators rely on has been falsified,”
Earlier on Greece’s Supreme Court passed a judgement which states that Vinnik will be extradited to the US first and, then to Russia.
Vinnik is not the CEO of BTC-e
It should, however, be noted that Vinnik who is accused of laundering over 300,000 BTC through BTC-e has made it known that he is not the admin or CEO of BTC-e. Statement coming from the BTC-e through a forum post has also confirmed this. The forum post also added that funds will be returned to everyone affected by the ban of the service.