Alleged Crypto Scammer Asks Greek Court For Extradition
Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik, a former employee of the BTC-e trading platform, applied to the Greek court once again for release or extradition to his homeland, the local publication Kathimerini reports.
Vinnik was accused of fraud and money laundering of about $4 billion in bitcoins for six years. Subsequently, he was arrested in Greece, and the authorities of three countries — the USA, France, and Russia — demanded his extradition. The accused appealed to the Piraeus court with a request to release or send him home on humanitarian grounds.
Tatyana Moskalkova, the head of the Commission on Human Rights in Russia, got involved in the situation. She asked for assistance from colleagues in the UNs and the Ministry of Justice of Greece to make a decision on extradition as soon as possible.
Vinnik's health has deteriorated significantly since he began his hunger strike in November 2018. Besides, Moskalkova draws attention to the fact that his wife is seriously ill and is in a near-death state. Considering these factors, the Russian ombudsman asks for assistance in the extradition of the accused, so that he can be with his family at such a time.
The head of the Commission on Human Rights also appealed to representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Ministry of Health of Greece with a request for medical assistance to the Russian citizen.
Earlier, the lawyers of Vinnik spoke to the press and claimed violations of the rights of the defendant.