Supreme Court of Greece rules to extradite Russian hacker Vinnik to France
The US And Russia are also seeking for the hacker’s extradition.
Supreme Court of Greece (Areopagus) has kept in force the decision made by Salonika court of original jurisdiction related to the extradition of a Russian citizen Aleksander Vinnik to France. Vinnik has been held in custody in Greece since July, 2017, reports TASS.
With that, the court dismissed the appeal made by Vinnik’s lawyers who attempted to challenge the decision made by Salonika court of original jurisdiction, the chief of the court Angeliki Aliferopulu stated. The Russian stated he would go on a hunger strike as a mark of protest. The hunger-striking has been lasting for 24 days now.
“I’ve been going on a hunger strike for 24 days now. They weighed me yesterday. I lost 8 kg. However, they did not start weighing me right away, but from day 3. So, the total of 9 kg is what I’ve lost,” Vinnik said.
He added he would continue going on a hunger strike in France. If they decide to extradite me to Moscow, I will stop,” the hacker added.
The CrimeRussia had earlier reported Vinnik had been detained on July, 25, 2017 in Greece upon the request of the U.S. Washington accuses the Russian of participating in a criminal scheme related to money laundering worth of $9 billion through a currently non-existent Internet exchange market of cryptocurrencies.
Russia is also seeking for the hacker’s extradition. France sent its extradition request in June. The hacker was put on the wanted list in both countries on charges of swindling. With that, Vinnik pleads guilty only upon the accusation made Moscow.
Due to the conflict-ridden extradition requests, the decision related to Vinnik’s extradition is likely to be reached by the justice minister or Greece authorities.
Six months ago, no one could predict the state of the MIA General Administration for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region by the time of the forthcoming elections. After the appointment of Moscow general Roman Plugin in charge of it, the St. Petersburg police has undergone significant changes. Major general of justice Oleg Antropov, Head of the Main Investigations Directorate, is ‘the last man standing’ from the old command of the MIA General Administration. Most probably, he is going to become the next victim of ‘janitor’ Plugin.