Vinnik's lawyer spoke about the changed situation with his extradition.
Timofey Musatov, a lawyer for the Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik arrested in Greece, told RT about the changing situation with the possibility of his client being extradited to the United States or France.
As the lawyer pointed out, on behalf of Vinnik, a petition was filed to review his case in connection with a change in Greek legislation. The defense requires a review of court decisions taken by the Greek courts on his extradition to the United States and France.
“Thus, the consideration of the case returns to the procedural direction, although until recently it seemed that all judicial possibilities had already been exhausted and one should only wait for the decision of the Greek Justice Minister, who had to choose which country — the United States, France or Russia — to be extradited to Alexander Vinnik, ”he indicated.
According to Musatov, the return of the case to the court was made possible by a change in Greek legislation. Article 405 of the new Greek Criminal Code, which entered into force on July 1, provides for a statement by the victims as an indispensable condition for initiating criminal proceedings for fraud (art. 386), including using a computer (art. 386 A). It was the absence of victims and claims from them that were put forward by Vinnik's lawyers as one of the arguments against his extradition to France and to the USA.
According to the defense, the changes in force now will not allow the judges to ignore this essential circumstance.
“The new legislation contains other changes that create a reason for revising the decisions made in the case. Thus, some types of crimes for which a Russian citizen was accused are no longer provided for by the Greek Criminal Code, in particular, the theft with the use of professional skills, and the level of severity is reduced for some offenses. As indicated in the petition, all these new provisions should be applied during the second consideration of the case, as they facilitate the position of the accused, ”the lawyer added.
Earlier, the newspaper "Izvestia" wrote that Vinnik wrote to the address of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which he asked the Russian leader for help.
In July 2017, a Russian was detained in Greece at the request of the United States. He is accused of laundering up to $ 4 billion using a cryptocurrency exchange.