Russian cybercriminal Vinnik's lawyers complained about "unqualified interpreter"

Russian cybercriminal Vinnik's lawyers complained about "unqualified interpreter"
Alexander Vinnik Photo: Life

According to the Russian’s defense, his words at the trial were "grossly corrupted".⁠

Protection of Russian Alexander Vinnik, who was arrested in Greece on US charges of cyber-fraud, filed a complaint against an unqualified interpreter in court. RT reports this with reference to lawyer of the accused Timofey Musatov.

According to Musatov, Vinnik's testimony was "grossly corrupted", and the interpreter herself admitted that she "does not know the legal terminology." The lawyer noted that he had asked for another interpreter, but the court refused to do so. As a result, the court took into account the corrupted version of Vinnik's statement, Musatov said.

Alexander Vinnik was arrested in Greece at the request of the US in July this year. On October 4, the Council of Judges in Thessaloniki decided to extradite the Russian to the American side. The US authorities accuse him of laundering $4 billion through supposedly created BTC-e crypto currency exchange. He is also accused of stealing 850.000 bitcoins from the Japanese trading platform Mt. Gox in 2014. At the rate at that time, the sum stolen amounted to about $500 million. Vinnik faces up to 55 years in prison and a fine of $2 million.

Vinnik's defense appealed against the decision of the Greek court to extradite him to the United States. The Russian Foreign Ministry called the verdict unfair and violating the basic provisions of international law. The Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation sent a request to the Greek authorities to extradite a Russian in August. In Russia, Vinnik is accused of fraud on an especially large scale: according to investigators, he concluded a contract with one of the commercial firms for the supply of equipment and fled, having received an advance payment of 600 thousand rubles ($10.500).

On October 11, the court in Thessaloniki supported the request of the Prosecutor General's Office to extradite Vinnik to Russia. Thus, Musatov notes, a "competition of requests" arose between Russia and the United States. According to the lawyer, the final decision of this issue can take more than a year. Vinnik himself states that he wants to be extradited to Russia.

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