Greek Supreme Court Accused Of Rights Violation of BTC-e’s Operator Alexander Vinik
Greek Supreme Court Accused Of Violating The Rights Of Btc-e’s Operator Alexander Vinik
The Alexander Vinnik saga continues. This time, judges at the Greek Supreme Court have been accused of violating Alexander Vinnik’s rights. He is the alleged operator of the virtual currency exchange Btc-e and was detained in Greece more than a year ago. Mr. Vinnik was going to be extradited to France but the hearing against his extradition has been postponed.
According to the United States, he laundered between $4 to $9 billion dollars using the Btc-e exchange that he was allegedly operating. According to Zoe Konstantopoulou, his attorney, judges of the Greek Supreme Court have breached the rights of Mr Vinnik.
She said about the whole situation:
“You have violated the rights of Alexander Vinnik, who hasn’t received an official translation of the French request by November 17… those documents haven’t been translated into Russia, they have no seals and signatures… You only employ this practice towards Vinnik because he is a Russian. You wouldn’t do this with any Greek, or EU citizen.”
As per some reports, the hearing for the appeal of his extradition to France will be held on November 29.
Back on July 25, 2017, Vinnik was detained in Greece after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a warrant. He has been accused of operating an unlicensed business related to money services and has been performing money laundering and other related activities.
Different countries are asking for his extradition. Both France and Russia requested Greece to extradite him. Back in May, he confessed the charges related to fraud and money laundering. However, he mentioned that he was a technical expert at Btc-e giving advice to the platform, which he said, it is not a crime.
According to the New York Times, Vinnik is also accused of operating this virtual currency exchange at a time when hackers used funds to finance an electronic break-in at the Democratic National Committee, among other targets.