A New York federal judge has rejected a petition by former Ethereum Foundation researcher Virgil Griffith to drop charges of information aid to North Korea. This is reported by Law360.
Developer representatives submitted the document in October 2020. Lawyers argued that Griffith’s transfer of publicly available information about blockchain technology was not a provision of services, and prosecutors had not properly established the fact of the crime.
The judge disagreed with the defense’s arguments. Griffith will appear before a jury.
In April 2019, an ex-Ethereum Foundation employee attended a blockchain conference in Pyongyang. According to the authorities, he told representatives of the DPRK government about the possibilities of using cryptocurrency to circumvent sanctions.
Griffith was arrested in November of that year. He refused to admit his guilt, and in January 2020 he was released from arrest on bail of $ 1 million.
We will remind, the Court of the Southern District of New York tentatively scheduled a hearing in the Griffith case for September 2021.
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