Virgil Griffith pleads not guilty to violating international sanctions against North Korea
Ethereum researcher Virgil Griffith has pleaded not guilty to the violation of North Korean sanctions, in accordance to a report from CoinDesk.
In Nov. 2019, the self-branded “disruptive technologist” Griffith was arrested by U.S. authorities for touring to North Korea in April and giving a chat at a blockchain and cryptocurrency convention in Pyongyang.
On Jan. 9, he was formally indicted by a grand jury for “conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.” The following day, he was reportedly launched on bail on the situation that his household secures a $1 million bond.
In the newest growth, Griffith pleaded not guilty to a cost of conspiracy to violate the international act, in accordance to CoinDesk.
Reporter Nik De additionally famous that Griffith personally attended at the moment’s listening to and that the following listening to is tentatively set to happen on Mar. 17.
“Virgil ought to not have been indicted,” Griffith’s lawyer, Brian Klein, advised CoinDesk in an announcement, including: “We are going to vigorously contest the charge and look forward to getting all the facts in front of the jury at trial.”