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Nigerian court dismisses Binance director’s human rights lawsuit

The decision brings to a close a high-profile case that has attracted the attention of the international cryptocurrency community and highlights the legal challenges facing global cryptocurrency platforms.

Date: 2024-06-21 Author: Łukasz Michałek
Nigerian court dismisses Binance director’s human rights lawsuit

on June 19, a Nigerian court dismissed an unlawful detention lawsuit brought by fugitive Binance director Nadeem Anjarwalla after the country dropped tax charges against him and continued to detain Binance’s chief compliance officer.

According to a June 20 report by Nigerian newspaper Punch News, Judge Inyang Ekwo rejected Anjarwalla’s position in the court proceedings regarding the lack of “fair prosecution.” Anjarwalla reportedly had no legal representation on his behalf during the hearing.

Regional manager Binance and Gambaryan found themselves in sharp conflict with Nigerian officials when they were detained in late February of this year for allegedly violating the country’s anti-money laundering laws, although concerns about legality were raised over the claims.

Anjarwalla managed to escape in March and has since managed to evade authorities, despite the Nigerian government’s cooperation with INTERPOL to ensure his recapture.

on June 14, the Nigerian Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) formally dismissed tax charges against the cryptocurrency executives, although charges brought by the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have yet to be dropped.

However, Gambaryan remains in custody despite reports of his deteriorating health and pleas from family and friends for the release of the imprisoned cryptocurrency exchange employee, as conditions at the detention center appear dire.

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“Since Tigran collapsed in court on May 23 due to malaria, his health has deteriorated and Tigran now has pneumonia” – reads a recent statement from Gambaryan’s family. “Despite a court order from Judge Emeka Nwite directing that Tigran be taken to the hospital immediately, prison authorities took him for a brief check-up after 11 days. The prison does not allow the results of the hospital check-up to be shared with family, lawyers or the US embassy.”

Earlier this month, members of Congress sent a letter to US President Joe Biden, urging him to demand Gambaryan’s immediate safe return.

“Gambaryan’s detention was marked by excessive and harsh treatment,” the letter from the US lawmakers stated. “Furthermore, he is not allowed to meet with his legal team without the presence of government officials and armed guards.”

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Łukasz Michałek
Łukasz Michałek
Founder of the rapidly developing cryptocurrency channel "Biblia Kryptowalut" on YouTube. He also co-creates the Arena Trading group with Marek. Łukasz is fascinated and passionate about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, which constitute the central element of his activity in the cryptocurrency industry.
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