Greek court backs extradition of BTC-e's alleged owner to US

Extradition Of BTC e Exchange Operator Approved By Greek Court 1

Russian Federation also demands his extradition on separate fraud charges.

A Greek court in Thessaloniki has ruled that Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik, be extradited to the U.S., where he is wanted on a $4 billion bitcoin fraud case.

Vinnik, 38, was detained in Greece on July 25 at the request of USA authorities charging him with a number of offenses.

US authorities accuse Vinnik of running a multibillion-dollar digital-money-laundering network and of involvement in laundering money from criminal proceeds, charges he denies. Reuters reports that a Greek court today cleared him to be extradited to the United States, where he could face up to 55 years in prison.

Neither Mr. Levashov nor Mr. Vinnik is charged in connection with Russia's alleged election meddling, though the former has insisted he'll be tortured to death if extradited to the authorities interested in details about his former employee, Mr. Putin's United Russia party. As if the web of activity wasn't large enough already, American authorities have also tied Vinnik to the failure of Japanese bitcoin exchange MtGox.

Vinnik claims he only worked as a technical consultant for the owners of BTC-e, and was not its operator. While Vinnik denies those charges too, he consents to being returned to Russian Federation. According to Vinnik's lawyers, they would have to appeal to the Supreme Court of Greece, Areopagus.

"We have faith in the Greek justice system and a long road ahead of us", the Reuters news agency quotes Xanthippi Moisidou, one of Vinnik's lawyers, as saying.

Alexander Vinnik, a 38 year old Russian man (C) suspected of running a money laundering operation using bitcoin, is escorted by a police officer to a court in Thessaloniki, Greece, October 4, 2017.

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