Greek Admin Court Blocks Decision to Extradite Vinnik to France

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Greek court has weighed in on the seemingly never-ending saga of accused Bitcoin fraudster Alexander Vinnik, Reuters reports. Early this week, the nation’s top administrative court issued a ruling that suspended last week’s ministerial decision to give priority to French requests for Vinnik’s extradition.

On Friday, the Greek Justice Minister ordered that Vinnik be extradited to France. The United States and Russia have also made similar extradition requests. Vinnik has been accused of using his former position at BTC-e to commit a host of cryptocurrency-related crimes, including laundering some $4 billion.

The new ruling will prevent extradition while Vinnik’s attorney prepares to appeal the Minister’s decision. In a statement on Monday, that attorney suggested that her client’s health is at risk, in part due to Vinnik’s decision to begin yet another hunger strike to protest his extradition.

Vinnik, who was arrested in Greece in 2017 at American officials’ request, has asked to be extradited to his home country. Meanwhile, Russia has formally protested the Greek government’s refusal to prioritize its extradition claim.

Author: Ken Chase

Freelance writer whose interests include topics ranging from technology and finance to politics, fitness, and all things canine. Aspiring polymath, semi-professional skeptic, and passionate advocate for the judicious use of the Oxford comma.

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