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France: Lawyer says insufficient evidence against Vinnik, as money laundering trial set to conclude02:27

France: Lawyer says insufficient evidence against Vinnik, as money laundering trial set to conclude

France, Paris
October 23, 2020 at 17:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

Lawyer of Alexander Vinnik, a Russian national accused of orchestrating ransomware attacks, claims his client is innocent and "there is very, very little evidence" against him, speaking to the press in a Paris criminal court on Friday.

Lawyer Frederic Belot said, "I testified at the bar of this tribunal that these elements did not hold, and which would in no case constitute evidence against Alexander Vinnik, I contested their authenticity."

Vinnik is suspected of laundering billions of dollars through BTC-e, a digital currency exchange programme used to trade bitcoin.

If convicted, Vinnik faces up to 10 years in prison for charges related to extortion, money laundering and conspiracy in France as well as similar charges in the United States.

He has denied all involvement in this case and had been on a hunger strike to proclaim his innocence.

Originally detained in Greece, Vinnik was the subject of competing extradition requests from France, the US, and Russia where he faces lesser charges.

This evening the case will be put up for deliberation. The tribunal will also indicate on what date their judgement will be announced.

France: Lawyer says insufficient evidence against Vinnik, as money laundering trial set to conclude02:27
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Lawyer of Alexander Vinnik, a Russian national accused of orchestrating ransomware attacks, claims his client is innocent and "there is very, very little evidence" against him, speaking to the press in a Paris criminal court on Friday.

Lawyer Frederic Belot said, "I testified at the bar of this tribunal that these elements did not hold, and which would in no case constitute evidence against Alexander Vinnik, I contested their authenticity."

Vinnik is suspected of laundering billions of dollars through BTC-e, a digital currency exchange programme used to trade bitcoin.

If convicted, Vinnik faces up to 10 years in prison for charges related to extortion, money laundering and conspiracy in France as well as similar charges in the United States.

He has denied all involvement in this case and had been on a hunger strike to proclaim his innocence.

Originally detained in Greece, Vinnik was the subject of competing extradition requests from France, the US, and Russia where he faces lesser charges.

This evening the case will be put up for deliberation. The tribunal will also indicate on what date their judgement will be announced.