Greece opens Russian cybercrime suspect’s extradition case

  • Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, who is wanted in the United States in a $4 billion bitcoin fraud case, denied the charges against him Friday during an appearance in a Greek court to fight an extradition request.
  • Vinnik, 37, was arrested while on vacation in Greece on July25 and detained pending the extradition hearing following a request from U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California.
  • A panel of judges is expected to examine that request next week, which Vinnik’s lawyer has said he will not challenge.
  • Speaking during the hearing in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Vinnik told a panel of judges that he did not run the digital currency exchange, and said he had not transferred bitcoins.
  • The prosecutor requested the American extradition request be accepted and said there were indications Vinnik was guilty.

Greece opens Russian cybercrime suspect’s extradition case
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German courts should tackle fake news now, says justice minister

  • “Facebook is earning an awful lot of money with fake news,” Maas told Bild am Sonntag.
  • Heiko Maas says people who spread hate speech and fake news on social media sites should be prosecuted
  • German judges and state prosecutors need to crack down on fake news disseminated through social media platforms immediately, Germany’s justice minister has said.
  • German courts should tackle fake news now, says justice minister
  • The issue of fake news has taken on a new urgency after warnings by German and US intelligence agencies that Russia had sought to influence elections and sway public opinion.

Heiko Maas says people who spread hate speech and fake news on social media sites should be prosecuted
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