Alexander Vinnik, a Russian citizen accused by US authorities of laundering billions of dollars through the now defunct cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e, fears that he will not get a fair trial, and plans to begin a hunger strike a few days before the next court session.
As told Russian journalists, the head of the legal team winnik Timofey Musatov, the accused are protesting against the conditions of his detention and violation of his rights. In the words of the lawyer, winnick has already informed the Russian Consul in Greece of its decision to declare a strike.
Winnick is contained in a Greek jail since his arrest in Thessaloniki last summer. Greek police detained him in July 2017 on a warrant issued in the US, where winnick was charged with money laundering after hacking MtGox and was charged with more than 20 other crimes. Prosecutors believe that winnick and his associates laundered from 4 to 9 billion dollars in Russian once the largest cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e.
In early October, a court in Thessaloniki ruled in favor of extradition winnik in USA. His lawyers filed an appeal in the Supreme civil and criminal court of Greece in Athens, and the next hearing was scheduled for November 29. Earlier, Russia objected to the issuance winnik United States – the authorities want him returned to the Russian Federation, where he is accused of stealing 600 000.
France also demanded the extradition winnik in June, however, according to Musatov, the 90-day European warrant has expired. Winnick wants to return home and even confessed to the allegations of fraud in Russia in may. His defense team is concerned that the French authorities will immediately transfer him to the US where he faces a life sentence.
Winnick and his lawyers don’t want the trial was held in Greece. They claim that the Greek judicial authorities deprived him of adequate legal protection, as it was repeatedly moved between a prison in Athens and Thessaloniki in court for hearings and interrogations.
In a letter to the Russian Consulate in Thessaloniki Vinnik complained that he was treated inhuman. He said he moved around a lot between the different Greek cities, while he was sitting handcuffed in the back seat in smaller cars. He called it torture and claimed that he was forced to sleep on the floor without a mattress. His lawyer Musatov said:
“On Monday winnick went on hunger strike in protest against this situation. He sees no other way out – either justice or death.”
At its next hearing in the Supreme court on Thursday by a team of lawyers winnik is planning to ask to appoint a new judge, as the various Greek courts have upheld the extradition request filed by Russia, France and the United States. Musatov could not confirm whether the accused to attend the hearing.
Recall that last week another lawyer winnik Zoe Konstantopoulou (Zoe Konstantopoulou) said in court that judges “violating the rights” of Russian citizens.