The Supreme Civil and Criminal Court of Greece has given the verdict for the owner of the BTC-e Alexander Vinnik to be extradited to Russia and face the wrath of the law based on his alleged criminal charge of cyber fraud. This is according to a recent report by Russian state news agency, RIA Novosti. This verdict by the court is set to take force on the September 14 which is the same day the order will be issued.
During the court proceeding, the Supreme Court further revealed that it would consider France’s demand which is related to the BTC-e extradition.
Based on the report, Vinnik has reportedly consented to the extradition to Russia. His counsel, Timofey Musatov said that; “This case is now up to politicians and their will,” adding that;
“The Supreme Court’s consideration of the Russian request took a little time since all the contradiction were eliminated and the case was brought in line with the Greek law.”
The extradition location has been a bone of contention among the United States, France, and Russia as they have argued about Vinnik’s extradition location owing to the fact that various Greek courts have ruled in favor of the three countries. However, the decision of the apex court taken by Greek Minister of Justice by virtue of hierarchy would be binding.
Vinnik’s Criminal History
Back in July 2017, Alexander Vinnik, who was arrested by Greek police, was equally tried by the United States Department of Justice and convicted of charges relating to fraud and money laundering of a staggering sum of $4 billion in Bitcoin (BTC). In the same vein, French authorities charged Vinnik with: “defrauding over 100 people in six French cities between 2016 and 2018”.
Almost concurrently, the Russian authorities have also featured in this case, seeking that the court extradites the Russian back to his home country. It is worthy to note that Vinnik has been charged with fraud and other related charges owing to the illegal acquisition of about; 667,000 rubles (around $9,800), this was reported by mainstream media platforms and also crypt-based outlets sometimes last year.
However, there are speculations making it to the public scene that French persecutors have been trying to question Vinnik without Greek officials’ permission which is an infringement of best practices in criminal justice system around the world. These speculations were premised on a statement made by the defendant’s attorney, Timofey Musatov days before the final hearing in the Supreme Court.