Virgil Griffith’s lawyer has filed a movement to dismiss the U.S. authorities’s fees that the Ethereum developer violated sanctions legislation by talking at a North Korean cryptocurrency convention.
The movement, filed by legal professional Brian Klein, claims the federal government’s late-2019 indictment of Griffith doesn’t “specify any alleged overt information,” and comprises no precise allegation of truth.
Griffith was arrested final November on fees he violated the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and government orders by going to North Korea and talking throughout a crypto convention, the place he allegedly taught authorities officers how to use the techology to bypass financial sanctions.
It’s the primary sanctions case in a U.S. courtroom involving cryptocurrency, and as such is probably going to be intently watched. The outcomes might maintain a precedent for different instances the federal government would possibly carry beneath the legislation, because the U.S. continues including people and entities to its sanctions lists.
Klein’s movement to dismiss claims that the President of the United States doesn’t have the authority to prohibit the transmission of data, and that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Treasury Department division overseeing sanctions enforcement, has “issued no rules and revealed no steering to make clear the definition of ‘providers’” which might be in any other case prohibited beneath government orders.
“It seems that the federal government’s concept is that, by attending and talking at a blockchain convention in Pyongyang, Mr. Griffith offered ‘providers’ as a result of he ‘offered the DPRK with beneficial data on blockchain and cryptocurrency applied sciences, and took part in discussions concerning utilizing cryptocurrency applied sciences to evade sanctions and launder cash,’” the movement mentioned.
According to Klein, Griffith solely offered data that was already within the public area.
The subsequent step within the case is probably going a authorities response to Klein’s movement.