Authored by Ana Berman via CoinTelegraph
The Supreme Civil and Criminal Court of Greece has ruled to extradite alleged BTC-e owner Alexander Vinnik to Russia to face several cyber fraud charges, Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reports Tuesday, September 4.
The formal decision on extradition to Russia will be issued September 14, coming into force the same day.
During the actual hearing, the Supreme Court will also consider France’s request on the alleged BTC-e owner’s extradition.
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According to RIA, Vinnik agreed with his extradition to Russia. “[This case] is now up to politicians and their will,” his attorney Timofey Musatov stated.
The U.S., France, and Russia are currently arguing about the location of Vinnik’s extradition. Several Greek courts have previously ruled in favor of all three countries, with the final decision taken by Greek Minister of Justice. As Bloomberg pointed out earlier, the US wants Vinnik because BTC-e allegedly handled bitcoins linked to Fancy Bear, the Russian hacking group, members of which were indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year.
Vinnik was arrested by Greek police back in July 2017 as the U.S. Department of Justice convicted him of fraud and money laundering around $4 billion worth amount of Bitcoin (BTC).
France later charged Vinnik with “defraud[ing] over 100 people in six French cities between 2016 and 2018.”
In the same time, the Russian government also intervened in the case, asking to extradite the Russian national to his home country. The amount of fraud Vinnik is charged with in Russia is equal to 667,000 rubles (around $9,800), RIA had reported last year.
Days before the final hearing in the Supreme Court, Vinnik’s attorney Makarov accused French prosecutors of trying to question Vinnik without Greek officials’ permission, Cointelegraph reported last week.