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Greek Authorities Extradite Alexander Vinnik To France

February 8, 2020      Shailesh Panwar

Greek authorities have finally extradited Alexander Vinnik to France after remaining in custody for 30 months. He is accused of money laundering through Bitcoin (BTC). Prosecutors in France had charged Vinnik with several cases of conspiracy, money laundering and extortion. Also, both the U.S.A. and Russia requested his extradition, which is still pending, earlier he was extradited to Paris. He also expressed his desire to be extradited to Russia, which the Greek officials had rejected.

Alexander Subjected To Offensive Human Rights Abuses

Vinnik will be returning to Greece after the completion of his trial in France. Here, Vinnik would face another extradition to the U.S.A. The U.S. State Department would question him about subsequent theft of 300,000 BTC and his connection with the Mt. Gox hack. Reportedly, state agents from Russia transferred money through BTC-e to interfere in presidential elections of 2016 in the U.S.A.

Among the three-way diplomatic struggle, the alleged Bitcoin money launderer’s legal team stated that he had been subjected to offensive human rights abuses. Also, his lawyers have claimed that prosecutors had kept him in custody without a trial or charges while barring him from contacting with any of the family members.

Alleged Human Rights Abuses Among Vinnik’s Two-Year Detention

According to one of Vinnik’s lawyer, Zoe Konstantopoulou, in a phone call, levelled accusations against the Greek authorities for human rights abuses.

Konstantopoulou revealed that he had been subjected to unreasonable detention for 30 months, which the Greek constitution has prohibited, and throughout this time, Vinnik has been suffering inhuman and cruel treatment from the officials.

Konstantopoulou cited Vinnik was held without charges, trial, or any order from the court. Also, he has claimed that Vinnik’s case could be politically driven by France, Greece, and the U.S.A.

Besides this, Konstantopoulou unveiled that Greek law enforcement has prevented Vinnik to contact his family. He stated Greek law enforcement had prevented him to look after his wife, who has been identified to have brain cancer.

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Shailesh Panwar
Shailesh Panwar

Shailesh is an ardent follower of the crypto world and keenly watches every development taking place in the cryptocurrency space. He loves to voice his opinions through well-curated blogs and articles, which throw light on different facets of the crypto industry.