The Council of Judges in Thessaloniki granted the US request for the extradition of a Russian Alexander Vinnik, suspected of laundering a large amount in crypto-currencies through the BTC-e exchange. This is reported by RIA News.
In the US, Alexander faces up to 55 years in prison, as well as a multimillion-dollar fine.
During the day defense of the Russian intends to protest this decision in the supreme court of Greece - Areopagus.
The decision will be appealed and will not come into force, simultaneously the consideration of the Russian extradition request will begin, and the so-called procedure for the requests competition will begin. The corresponding decision obviously has a political character - whose request for Greece is more weighty.
Defender of Alexander Vinnik
According to lawyers, Areopagus can review the case in 15-20 days.
Alexander Vinnik himself did not admit his guilt during the meeting, although he stated that he worked for BTC-e as an independent technical expert.
I have nothing to do with the BTC-E website. I am neither the owner, nor the manager, nor the accountant. I am an independent technical expert and this is one of my clients.
Earlier, the Greek court postponed the decision to extradite a Russian "in connection with a large amount of materials." At the same time, the defense experts of Vinnik called the statements of the prosecution "far-fetched", and in Vinnik agreed to extradition to Russia.
Vinnik is associated with the theft of funds from the Japanese stock exchange MtGox.
Meanwhile, in Russia, against Alexander Vinnik, a criminal case was also instituted on charges of fraud in a particularly large amount. On August 11, the Ostankino District Court elected the Russian citizen a preventive measure in the form of detention in absentia. On August 18, the General Prosecutor's Office of Russia sent a request to the Ministry of Justice of Greece for the extradition of Vinnik of the Russian Federation for its criminal prosecution.