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Greek court supported the extradition of the alleged Bitcoin exchange operator to the US



A Greek court upheld the request that the alleged former operator of bitcoin exchange BTC-e should have been extradited to the US for trial.



04.Oct.17 5:03 AM
By Daria Zaytseva
Photo Toinnov.com

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Greek court supported the extradition of the alleged Bitcoin exchange operator to the US

The accused, Alexander Vinnik, is wanted in the United States for allegedly operating the exchange without a license, and using it as a platform for money laundering worth $ 4 billion.

Soon after today's decision, the lawyers of the accused, reportedly went on to appeal the decision.

Speaking today at his hearing, Vinnik denied his role as the operator of BTC-e, saying that he had simply worked as a technician for the platform. The defendant also claimed that the laptop captured during his arrest was in no way connected with his employment, adding that it contained only children's cartoons for his family.

Vinnik was arrested in July during his vacation in Greece shortly after the sudden closure of the BTC-e exchange by international law enforcement officials.

The Russian is also wanted to extradite their homeland in connection with the same crimes.
Greek courts have yet to make an official decision on this request, although Vinnik's lawyers reportedly stated in today's appeal that they have no plans to challenge extradition to Russia.




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