The alleged bitcoin launderer, Alexander Vinnik, who is wanted in the USA, Russia, and France, was extradited to France last month against his wish to go back to his homeland Russia and face charges there. Russian officials wanted the custody of Vinnik and claimed that Greece had promised to deport him to Russia.
” No breaches of the Vienna convention.”
According to the Tass report, a spokesman for the French foreign ministry said that there was no breach of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations in the case of Russian bitcoin suspect Alexander Vinnik. The Russian authorities had asked for the custody of Vinnik, but Greece court extradited him to France. Russian Foreign Ministry had claimed that there was a violation of the Vienna convention in this case.
Vinnik stands accused of laundering billions of dollars via bitcoins.
Alexander Vinnik was the owner of the crypto exchange BTC-e that is no longer operational. It has been alleged that he used the exchange to launder four to nine billion dollars. Vinnik was arrested in July 2017 in Greece at the request of US officials. The Supreme Court of Greece finally ordered him to hand over to French authorities against the defendant’s wish to go to his homeland Russia and face charges.