Greek Supreme Court Upholds Vinnik Extradition To USDecember 14, 2017 6:40 pm
Greece’s Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the extradition request by the United States for former BTC-e operator Alexander Vinnik, Cointelegraph reported.
Reports confirm the support of sending the embattled Russian citizen to the US, where he faces money laundering charges, the report said.
The decision now moves on to Greece’s justice minister who will now decide the outcome of the case with both the US and Russia vying for custody of Vinnik, the report said.
Vinnik is agreeable to being extradited to Russia, the report said, where he would face lesser charges.
Since his arrest in Greece in July, BTC-e has ceased to exist, being reincarnated as WEX, Cointelegraph reported. Legal investigations are nonetheless still ongoing, with US authorities seeking to hand down fines totalling $122 million between the exchange and Vinnik, respectively.
Vinnik strenuously denies personal involvement beyond a peripheral “advisory” in the company, the report said.
Back in July, a lower court ruled Vinnik should be handed over to Russian authorities, the report said, adding there was “no reason not to” hand him over to Moscow.
“The Supreme Court has in essence accepted that our client should be sent to the United States,” Vinnik’s lawyer said in official comments following the ruling.
“Our client has not made any response,” the lawyer said. “He listened to the ruling as it was read out… It is now up to the justice minister to decide when and where our client will be sent.”