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

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

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

Authorities accused Vinnik of running digital currency exchange BTC-e and of involvement in laundering money from criminal proceeds, charges he denies.

Vinnik appealed to Greece's Supreme Court, and his lawyers cited "insufficient indications, let alone evidence" against him presented in court.

A Greek court approved the extradition of Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik to the USA where he is wanted in connection with a $4 billion bitcoin fraud, reports AP.

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

Vinnik was arrested in July while on holiday in Greece soon after the sudden closure of the BTC-e exchange by global law enforcement officials.

If convicted of those crimes, Vinnik faces up to 55 years in U.S. prison.

But the final decision on whether to extradite Vinnik will be made by the Greek justice minister.

The Russian national is also wanted by Russian authorities on similar fraud charges.

According to United States authorities, Vinnik "stole identities, facilitated drug trafficking, and helped to launder criminal proceeds from syndicates around the world".

Russian Federation is also seeking the extradition of Vinnik on suspicions of fraud, but there is still no date for the court hearing.

Greek courts have yet to make a formal decision on the request, although Vinnik's lawyers reportedly said in today's appeal that they had no plans to contest extradition to Russian Federation.

Russia's bid to have Vinnik extradited back home has yet to come before a court.

The Greek Justice Ministry has decided on one of most important cases that country is part of.

He is also said to have helped launder funds stolen when the Japanese Mt Gox Bitcoin exchange was hacked, resulting in its collapse and the loss of virtual currency worth hundreds of millions of euros.

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