British man Christopher Douglas Ems, who was wanted by the FBI for allegedly helping the North Korean government evade US sanctions through cryptocurrencies, was sued by Interpol’s Russian bureau on February 21. was arrested in Moscow by local media. report.

Emms is participating in the FBI’s international investigation. wanted list His longtime role in illegally providing cryptocurrency and blockchain services to North Korea, along with American citizen Virgil Griffiths and a Spanish citizen Alejandro Cao de Venos.

Ems won an extradition case against the United States in 2022 after being detained in Saudi Arabia for eight months. After Saudi Arabia rejected the US government’s extradition request, Ems left the Middle Eastern country and moved to Russia, where he was offered residency.

At the time, Emms’ agent, Radha Sterling, chief executive of Due Process International, said he had moved to Russia because the state would not extradite him, saying he “100% safeSuch sentiments are not uncommon given Russia’s own history of fighting US sanctions and rejecting such demands.

Emms denied all charges.It is currently unclear if Russia will extradite him to the US

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According to the FBI’s Most Wanted page, M’s and Venos organized and conducted the “Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference” in North Korea in 2019.

Emms has hired Griffith, an American cryptocurrency expert and former Ethereum developer, to help with the conference. The two taught North Koreans how to use blockchain and cryptocurrencies at an event that included representatives and members of the North Korean government.

In addition, M’s is responsible for helping North Korea plan cryptocurrency transactions that circumvent US sanctions and proposing “smart contracts” to assist the country in the same end.

The plan was interrupted in 2019 when Griffith was arrested and indicted by the FBI. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a minimum of 63 months in prison in 2022.

Meanwhile, Benos is on the run and is believed to be hiding in Spain.

By Jules

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