The defense believes that Vinnik from Greece will immediately be handed over to the United States. Earlier, the States withdrew their request for his extradition sent to France. The Russian himself asked to be extradited to Russia
Russian Alexander Vinnik was sent from France to Greece, lawyer Frederic Belo told RBC.
Earlier on August 4, the investigative chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal ruled on the extradition process of Vinnik to the United States. She granted the prosecutor's request to invalidate the request for extradition to the United States and to release Vinnik from extradition arrest, the lawyer said.
Belo believes that Vinnik will immediately be transferred from Greece to the United States in pursuance of the decision of the Minister of Justice of Greece, issued in 2019. The Russian will be sent to San Francisco, as it was the local court that issued the original arrest warrant, he explained.
Vinnik was arrested in July 2017 in Greece at the request of the United States. He was suspected of creating the BTC-e crypto exchange and laundering $4 billion through it. In addition to the United States and France, Russia sought the extradition of Vinnik, to the authorities of which he admitted in 2018 to embezzlement of 750 million rubles. Vinnik stated that he wanted a “voluntary” extradition to Russia.
In January 2020, Greece extradited Vinnik to France. There he is suspected of identity theft and extortion. The authorities of this country sentenced him to five years in prison.
The term of imprisonment ended on June 30, but the Russian was not allowed to leave the prison. According to Belo, extradition to Greece was planned for the same day: “Thus, at the moment when Vinnik was supposed to be released, he was again under arrest pending extradition.” The Russians were then to be handed over to the United States. However, the ECHR refused France to extradite Vinnik to Greece.
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