Crypto Trading Fraud Suspect Alexander Vinnik Interrogated by French Detectives
As days go by, the Alexander Vinnik extradition saga continues to get more complicated. The accused was recently interrogated by French investigators pertaining his involvement in the BTC-e crypto exchange money laundering case that involved $9 billion. The detectives want to extradite Alexander to France. However, his lawyers have insisted that Vinnik is a victim of framing.
According to the defense attorneys, the motive of the questioning was to gather evidence for a case that has been filed against Alexander in Paris. The interrogation was conducted on October 1 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Nonetheless, the lawyers argued that the detectives wanted to exert psychological pressure on his client days before his extradition.
Timofei Musatov, the lawyer, also asserted that Alexander is innocent of the charges levied against him.
Additionally, Musatov said that the information on which the case is built is falsified and is thereby unreliable. Precisely, Timofei noted that the questions posed by the French investigators indicate that the prosecution lacks evidence to prove the guilt of his client.
Besides Musatov, the defense team also comprises of Zoe Konstantopoulou, a former Greek MP who is also the youngest speaker of the Greek Parliament. Zoe is expected to strengthen the defense and advocate for the extradition of Alexander Vinnik to his native Russia.
Previously, the Greek Supreme Court had ordered that Alexander be extradited to the US first, followed by Russia. However, the order is yet to be executed to its contradictory nature and the presence of many parties. Hence, it is highly probable that the final decision will be made by the local Mister of Justice or even the government.
Concerning the charges levied against him by the US, Vinnik affirmed that he was only a technical expert at the fraudulent crypto exchange. Therefore, he claims that he is not liable for the charges because he was an advisor, not a perpetrator.