Aleksey Pertsev continues to be under arrest until February 20, 2023. This decision was made by a court in the Netherlands, believing that the developer of the Tornado Cash mixer could abscond from justice. Informs about this CoinDesk.
Recall that the programmer was detained in Amsterdam, in augustafter adding the mixing service to the sanctions list OFAC. According to the agency, more than $7 billion was laundered through Tornado Cash in 2019. Over $455 million of them are associated with the activities of the North Korean hacker group Lazarus Group.
In September the court extended his detention until November after the expiration established before 90 days.
During the latest hearing, the prosecutor rejected Pertsev’s defense arguments that Tornado Cash was a decentralized protocol that the programmer had no control over. The prosecution stated that the service is almost identical to the company PepperSec, in which Pertsev worked together with other developers – Roman Semenov and Roman Storm.
The arrest of Pertsev caused a resonance in the crypto community. passed in Amsterdam rally in defense of the developerwell-known industry representatives like Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson.