Alleged Bitcoin Launderer Vinnik Announces Hunger Strike to ‘Get a Reasonable Trial’

The law firm for Alexander Vinnik, the alleged former operator of defunct cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e, stated his defendant will go on a starvation strike this Monday, Russian condition-owned information outlet TASS noted Nov. 23.

According to Timofey Musatov, the head of the legal professionals symbolizing Vinnik, the explanation presented for the hunger strike is that “he [Vinnik] was stripped of the suitable for protection in France and, therefore, in Greece.” The law firm also noted that “it became obvious that the [French-issued] European arrest warrant expired.”

In 2017, Greece’s supreme courtroom dominated to extradite Vinnik to the U.S., exactly where he faces charges of revenue laundering and fraud. In June, a Greek court docket ruled to extradite Vinnik to France. The Greek Supreme Courtroom talked over Vinnik’s extradition to France on Nov. 19, but postponed the ruling to Nov. 29, as TASS experiences.

According to TASS, Musatov also accuses the judge of the Greek Supreme Court of ignoring him and his team:

“The Greek Supreme Court’s choose completely ignores the perform of legal professionals who are unable to even file a petition. She does not give them an opportunity to talk or do it.”

The attorney said that “[i]f there is no honest trial, he will inevitably be deported to the United States via France, where he will get one thing near to a daily life sentence, which equals demise.”

He then additional clarified Vinnik’s reasoning stating that “after observing this problem, Alexander understood that he would either get a truthful trial or die.”

The head of the crew of attorneys also explained that his defendant “understood that he does not have any other selections and resolved to go on a hunger strike on Monday in protest towards this problem.”

According to Musatov, Vinnik came to this conclusion when his Greek lawyer, Zoe Konstantopoulou, “openly” said for the duration of the Nov. 19 court docket session that “the courtroom would not address any citizen of an E.U. member state or Greece as it treats Alexander just mainly because he is a Russian national.”

As Cointelegraph reported this week, Konstantopoulou is also accusing the Greek Supreme Court docket of violating her defendant’s legal rights by failing to present translations of court docket paperwork at his ask for.


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