According to the Tass report, the operator of WEX Alexander Vinnik has been extradited to France. Vinnik was arrested in July 2017 in Greece while he was on a vocation. His lawyer told reporters on January 23 that Vinnik is currently at Hotel-Dieu hospital in Paris.
Alexander Vinnik is accused of laundering four to nine billion dollars.
Vinnik was detained in Greece three years ago on the United State’s request, where he is accused of laundering four to nine billion US dollars through a crypto exchange called BTC-e that he operated. He is also wanted in France an Russia for money laundering and other crimes. On December 19, 2019, Greek authorities delivered a decision to extradite Vinnik to France, USA, and Russia.
“Government is trying to terrorize him.”
Vinnik’s lawyer informed that French authorities have not yet allowed her colleague to talk to Vinnik. She posted on Facebook that the government is trying to scare and terrorize him as his health as worsened. She added that she has already sent a petition to move the questioning for tomorrow. Vinnik’s attorney in Greece also criticized the Greek court for not keeping their promise and extradite him to Russia.