Russian Alexander Vinnik, suspected of laundering at least $ 4 billion through the BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange, sued the Greek city of Piraeus to appeal for his release or extradition to Russia. This is reported by the local edition of e-Kathimerini .
Vinnik claims he is innocent on all charges, and his rights are violated by the Greek authorities. Thus, the term of keeping a Russian citizen in custody exceeded the norms permitted by the Constitution, and he is brought to court sessions, despite his poor state of health due to the hunger strike .
Vinnik's lawyers also believe that the life of their client is “in danger”.
Recall Alexander Vinnik was detained in Greece at the request of the American authorities on July 25, 2017. In June 2018, Vinnik was arrested in absentia in Russia on charges of cyber fraud on a large scale.
At the moment, there have been several court decisions on the extradition of Vinnik – at the request of the United States, at the request of France and two decisions at the request of Russia.
If Winnick is found guilty in the United States, he faces up to 55 years in prison.
In December, the Supreme Court of Greece supported the extradition of a Russian to France. However, the final decision on the case will be taken by the Minister of Justice of Greece.
At the end of February, Vinnik’s lawyer, Timofey Musatov, said that his client had never owned $ 4 billion, and all the money in the BTC-e case remained on servers in the United States and the WEX exchange .
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