Virgil Griffith, a former researcher at the Ethereum Foundation, filed a motion to dismiss charges of conspiracy to violate US sanctions laws on the grounds that prosecutors failed to properly establish his crime. The Cointelegraph reports this.
The FBI and the South District Attorney’s Office of New York arrested Griffith in November 2019. In April of that year, he attended a block conference in Pyongyang, where he allegedly provided services to representatives of the DPRK, telling them how to use cryptov currencies to circumvent sanctions and make cross-border transfers.
Griffith claims that his presentation at the conference was „a very general speech based on publicly available information„.
In his petition he also noted that he participated in the event free of charge, which means he did not provide services to the DPRK.
According to Griffith, his presentation at the conference falls within the scope of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act with regard to information exchange.
Earlier Griffith refused to admit his guilt in the charges. In January, he was released on $1 million bail.
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