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The former Ethereum Foundation developer was indicted for his participation in a cryptocurrency cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that use cryptographic technologies to secure their operation. conference held in North Korea in 2019.
Un caso federal en contra Virgil Griffith ha llegado a su fin este martes, después de que un tribunal de los Estados Unidos impusiera una severa sentencia al desarrollador.
As reported by CoinDesk Griffith has been sentenced to 63 months (5.25 years) in prison by a court in the Southern District of New York, and has been given a $100,000 fine for conspiracy with North Korea . Federal District Judge Kevin Castel handed down the sentence, following the prosecution’s guidelines and the Probation Department’s recommendations.
The sentencing comes nearly seven months after Griffith pleaded guilty. As reported by DiarioBitcoin the former developer of the Ethereum a decentralized open-source blockchain with smart contracts functionality. Foundation was arrested on conspiracy charges after he participated in a conference in the North Korean capital capital is most commonly defined as the large sum of money you would use to invest. of Pyongyang in 2019, where he spoke about using cryptocurrencies to evade economic sanctions.
At that time, l he U.S. Attorney’s Office accused Griffith to Teach North Koreans How to Evade Sanctions which they argued represented a violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). In September 2021, and after two years of legal wrangling, Griffith accepted the federal charges against him. .
Griffith has had a tough time in prison
The defendant’s lawyers agreed with prosecutors to a sentence within a range of 63 to 78 months, roughly five to 6.5 years, according to CoinDesk although the maximum sentence was 20 years. The media adds thatGriffith ya ha pasado aproximadamente dos años bajo custodia, aunque en ese tiempo fue puesto en libertad bajo fianza durante 14 meses. El tribunal contará los 10 meses restantes como tiempo cumplido.
The publication, which covered Tuesday’s hearing extensively, noted that before sentencing, Griffith’s lawyers addressed the court with closing remarks. Possibly appealing to the judge’s compassion, cited the harsh prison conditions where the programmer has been detained and mentioned his psychological disorders.
Según el medio, Brian Klein, el abogado principal de Griffith, aseguró que el ex desarrollador ha enfrentado “ several really difficult and inhumane conditions “at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn. He has experienced prolonged solitary quarantines due to COVID-19 outbreaks, no family visits, limited access to blankets and warm clothing, and has even been forced to use his sink as a toilet, he said. He also noted that the number of daily meals of Griffith has limited himself to two or less and that these are generally peanut butter and jelly sandwiches because of gang control in MDC.
Klein also informed Judge Castel of a recent psychological evaluation of Griffith, which apparently found that he suffered from narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) and obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). His defense said that the disorder explained his “disorderly conduct. obsession “He was also dismissive of the warnings of those who urged him not to travel to the country.
For his part, theGriffith told the court that he had spent time in prison thinking about how to “make a difference. genuinely, arrogantly and wrongly”. thought that “knew more “that his loved ones who warned him not to go to North Korea.
He aprendido mi lección. Todavía estoy profundamente avergonzado de estar aquí y de lo que he hecho.
The severity of the sentence sends a message
However, the court seemed unmoved by these arguments. According to the report, Castel claimed that the defendant had a clear intention when he went to North Korea to educate people about how to circumvent sanctions.
The judge read a series of damning text messages and emails from Griffith, in which the defendant admits to sharing information with North Korea for the express purpose of helping Kim Jong-Un’s repressive regime evade sanctions. Castel also filed a photo of Griffith as evidence where he is seen at the 2019 conference, wearing a traditional North Korean costume and standing smiling in front of a board that reads ” No penalties! “.
“Lo que ves aquí es una intencionalidad… y un deseo de educar a las personas sobre cómo evadir las sanciones“, he said. “ The fact is that Virgil Griffith… hoped to return home […] as a cryptohero. To be admired and praised for standing up to government sanctions, for your courage and nobility. a,” the judge added later.
According to CoinDesk the judge’s speech made the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia, as well as the recent sanctions against the Russian Federation. The U.S. government has used the U.S. case against the United States as an argument to justify a harsh sentence to deter both Griffith and “ others in similar situations The “future violations of U.S. sanctions.
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Article by Hannah Estefania Perez / DiarioBitcoin
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