Investigation Against Vinnik Accused in Crypto Scam Is Opened In Greece
The financial police of Greece, on October 3, summoned Alexander Vinnik for interrogation. He is suspected of illegal money transactions with cryptocurrency through the platform ВТС-е, ForkLog reports referring to Timofey Musatov, the attorney of the Russian Federation citizen.
The suspect refused to cooperate with the investigators because he was denied the presence of a lawyer. However, under the current legislation of Greece, prosecutors have the right to interrogate suspects without the participation of the defense representative of the accused.
The day before, within the international legal cooperation on criminal cases, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Greece issued for the law enforcers of Russian Federation the permit to interrogate Alexander Vinnik.
His attorney reported that the inquiry of Vinnik on the territory of Russia was conducted with the presence of an officer of the prosecution service in Moscow — E.A. Malikova.
The defendant refused to give evidence. He claimed that what he said could be used by the detectives of the US, France, and Greece. As a result, a new date for the interrogation was appointed — October 5.
As previously reported, the court of Greece decided to extradite Alexander Vinnik to the Russian Federation. However, the decision had a preliminary character. Before it, the same verdict was charged in favor of the US.
Earlier, Vinnik was accused of money laundering and fraudulent operations with cryptocurrency. US detectives suppose that the citizen of the Russian Federation stole 850,000 bitcoins. A significant part of the amount was transferred to the BTC-e cryptocurrency.