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US, Russia and France Separately Bid Extradition of Cyber-Crime Suspect


France in support of the stance by Russia and United States too wants one cyber-crime suspect of Russian origin to be extradited after his arrest past summer inside northern Greece. There, Greek officials stated that France sought for a trial of Alexander Vinnik because he was suspected of committing money laundering, online offence, extortion, and enrolling himself to a criminal gang.

During 2017 summer, Greek officials detained Alexander Vinnik for committing bitcoin fraud and put him in prison inside the country since then. Vinnik, aged 38 yrs and an erstwhile operator of a bitcoin platform got arrested when United States requested so. He faces accusations regarding money laundering via certain trading platform of bitcoin, of the amount $4bn to $9bn. Greekreporter.com posted this on the Web dated June 27, 2018.

USA happens to be part of the 3 nations group which wants Greece for deporting Vinnik in order that the charges can be levied on him. Greece's Supreme Court has reportedly agreed to the extradition of Vinnik to USA for him to get prosecuted over alleged money laundering amounting to some billion dollars through the virtual currency bitcoin.

French officials accused Vinnik to have continued operating the bitcoin platform despite staying in prison inside Greece and he ran the platform for carrying out cyber-fraud assaults which aimed at innumerable people globally, among which some hundred belonged to France.

Vinnik's advocate, Ilias Spyrliadis opined that the three countries making respective bids for Vinnik's extradition had complicated the situation. So from the legal point of view, a sequential priority had to be set for the bids, since they were related to 2 arrest warrants of international stature and 1 of European stature, Spyrliadis stated.

The justice minister of Greece is the ultimate decider of the extradition bids which were of international stature, while the Supreme Court holds ultimate jurisdiction over France's bid which's related to European warrant. Vinnik's appeal on June 27 to be given asylum in Greece was turned down.

While United States, Russia and France allege Vinnik responsible for the said cyber-crimes, the accused maintains he hasn't done anything wrong.

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