Greece satisfies Russia's extradition request for citizen accused of money laundering

Marco Green
October 11, 2017

Russia on Wednesday won the latest round in a judicial tug-of-war with the USA over who should try a Russian cybercrime suspect arrested during a holiday in Greece. "It is not completed now and there is no decision on our appeal to the Supreme Court".

Should it decide to uphold the ruling to extradite him to the United States, the final decision is in the hands of Greece's justice minister, who can approve extradition to one country and block the other. This conflicts with a previous ruling, as exactly one week ago, a three-member panel of judges supported the extradition request filed by the United States.

Vinnik, whose defence is run by Greek star attorney Alexandros Lykourezos, has denied the charges.

A judicial appeals court in Thessaloniki, Greece, has backed Moscow's extradition request for Russian citizen and suspected Bitcoin launderer Alexander Vinnik, The Greek Observer reports.

On Wednesday, a different panel of judges accepted a Russian extradition request, which followed the initial US one.

"When both requests from two different countries are accepted (in court), like in this case, it's up to the Justice Minister to decide which request to comply with", said Xanthippe Moissidou, one of Vinnik's lawyers. The jury in San Francisco, California, brought charges against the Russian national into money laundering and fraud with cryptocurrency.

But, Russian authorities also want Vinnik on separate fraud charges, according to The News Tribune A hearing for Russia's extradition request is slated for October 11 and although Vinnik's lawyers have fought against the American extradition request, they are not contesting the Russian request.

Vinnik was arrested in Greece in July.

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