PARIS (Sputnik) – Russian national Alexander Vinnik, who had been held in Greece since 2017 and is wanted by the United States and France on money laundering charges, has been transferred to a different hospital in Paris and is in very bad condition, Vinnik’s lawyer Zoe Konstantopoulo said.
On Thursday, after a two-year legal debate, Vinnik was extradited from Greece to France. He was transferred from a hospital in Greece to Hotel-Dieu hospital in Paris.
The lawyer tried to meet with Vinnik at the Hotel-Dieu hospital in Paris but could not find him there.
Vinnik’s lawyer finally got to meet with her client on Saturday.
Vinnik was detained in Greece in 2017 at the request of the United States, which accuses him of laundering $4 billion worth of funds through a cryptocurrency trading platform. France also filed charges against Vinnik, however, his lawyer claimed that it was only a ploy to have him extradited to the US. Russia has submitted a separate extradition request. Vinnik has denied committing any criminal or administrative offences.
Vinnik’s lawyer Ariane Zimra said on Friday that a French liberty and custody judge will decide on the issue of Vinnik’s pre-trial detention on January 28.
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