Bitfinex Won't List El Petro

According to Bitfinex, El Petro not only has limited use, but could have been created to circumvent sanctions against the Venezuelan government
27 March 2018   260

One of the largest bitcoin-exchanges, Bitfinex, issued a statement that El Petro listing is not planned.

According to the report, El Petro (PTR) not only has limited use, but could be created to circumvent sanctions against the Venezuelan government.

The exchange also reminds that on March 19, the US banned any transactions with digital currencies, digital coins and digital tokens issued directly by the government of Venezuela or on its behalf. This prohibition includes PTR, but may also apply to other tokens that may appear in the future.

We have never had plans to include the PTR or similar tokens in the Bitfinex trading platform. In light of the U.S. sanctions and the other clear sanctions risks of dealing in these products, Bitfinex will not list or transact the PTR or other similar digital tokens. This restriction extends to all customers of the platform, including U.S. persons, and to all activities on Bitfinex, including deposits, financing, trading, and withdrawals.
 

Bitfinex Blog

The exchange also explained that these restrictions apply to all users of the platform, including US residents. In addition, all Bitfinex employees are also prohibited from any transactions with El Petro and other similar digital tokens.

Bitfinex to Deny Drug Money Laundering Claims

Exchange conducted an "internal investigation of its international organization" and found no drug money laundering relations
11 April 2018   217

Bitfinex said that it conducted an "internal investigation of its international organization", during which it established that the site is not involved in the money laundering cases of Colombian drug cartels, which were previously reported in Poland. This is reported by CoinDesk.

As representatives of Bitfinex told the publication, no connection was found between the work of the exchange and the two shell companies accused of deceiving the Belgian government and laundering money from Colombia.

Representatives of the exchange said that "based on all available evidence and information, [it] has concluded that these allegations are untrue and unfounded"

Among the claims under dispute, Bitfinex has not been party to any official investigation launched in any jurisdiction globally on the basis of the allegations reported in the Polish media. This signals that the relevant authorities have found no reason to act upon the claims made against the Bitfinex platform.
 

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In addition, the platform stated that none of the users experienced any problems accessing their accounts or funds because of potential law enforcement actions.

For the first time the corresponding rumors appeared at the beginning of the week, when a number of media reported that officers of the Polish police confiscated the property of two front companies. The organizations were accused of "deceiving the Belgian government" and "working with a large online currency exchange". At the same time, the name of the site was not reported. As a result, local and international news agencies linked Bitfinex to these companies.

Earlier, the site also denied rumors that it allegedly owned by her € 400 million were seized in a little-known Polish bank.

Then the exchange was forced to react to the reports that appeared that the police had seized the account in the Polish bank Cooperative Bank, which is allegedly connected with Bitfinex. Initially, these statements appeared on Polish forums, and in the English-language press the news with the note "unconfirmed" was published by Trustnodes.

It was assumed that this account was seen in the international scheme for money laundering of Colombian drug cartels. As one user reported, the Polish police contacted him after he tried to withdraw money from Bitfinex through Crypto SP Z.O.O.

Representatives of Bitfinex reacted to these messages via Reddit, saying that these allegations are not true. Also, the exchange promised to make a separate statement on this issue in the future.