Tornado Cash Developer Alexey Pertsev to Be Held in Jail After Wednesday Hearing

Vignesh Karunanidhi
Tornado Cash Developer Alexey Pertsev to Be Held in Jail Till Wednesday Hearing
Source: The Daily Hodl

The United States government’s ban on virtual currency mixer Tornado Cash in 2022 sounded the alarm in the cryptocurrency market. The US Treasury Department’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List has sanctioned Tornado Cash, an Ethereum-based coin mixer (SDN). The restriction now prohibits US investors from using the coin-mixing service’s chain for illegal purposes.

According to the US Department of Treasury, the measure went into effect on August 8, 2022. The Tornado Cash developer was arrested for money laundering and was set to remain in jail until the end of February.

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Source: The Defiant

Tornado Cash developer to spend jail time after Wednesday hearing

According to the Dutch judges, Pertsev is likely to seek to hide evidence or flee if released on bail. However, he denied all the charges, and the next hearing will be held in April. Pertsev is also set to remain in jail after Wednesday’s hearing.

“We had the opportunity to explain what the basis is for Tornado Cash and why it is not money laundering. It is our opinion that the lack of knowledge is what’s keeping him here, “ Pertsev’s lawyer Keith Cheng told CoinDesk.

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When the news first broke, the sanctioning of the cryptocurrency mixer was thought to be the end of Web3.