The FBI wants Cao de Bains to help North Korea evade sanctions

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El Catalan could face up to 20 years in a US prison

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Alejandro Cao de Bains, Special Representative of the North Korean government in 2016.
  • America New York prosecutor accuses Spain’s Cao de Bains and a Briton of helping North Korea evade sanctions

The FBI issued a search and arrest warrant this Monday against Catalan Alejandro Cao de Bains, who is accused of colluding with a US citizen to help North Korea evade some US economic sanctions. plotted for, for which he could afford. Up to 20 years in a US prison.

Founder of the organization Cao de Bains friends of korea And the defender of the Kim Jong-un regime, may have recruited a “cryptocurrency expert” to provide services to the North Korean government during a technology conference in Pyongyang, which he held in 2018, the FBI says.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation details that the Catalans facilitated the visit of US expert Virgil Griffith to the Asian country to attend the conference and that they held a second event on the subject in 2020.

griffithA former developer of the Ethereum cryptocurrency, last year pleaded guilty to conspiring to help North Korea evade sanctions and was In the United States, he has been sentenced to more than five years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

The FBI accused Cao de Bains of taking “measures to conceal these activities from US officials.”

Goods Dog Published a message on his Twitter account this Monday in which He claims not to know why he wants to.

“I don’t know why everyone is looking for me today. I’m in Jerusalem eating a durum of falafel next to Galgotha,” he wrote next to a photo of the durum.

The Catalans may also have enlisted the help of a British citizen, Christopher Douglas Eames, who was accused last April by the Southern District Attorney of New York, along with Cao de Bains, of Griffith for “conspiracy” with Griffith to “illegalize cryptocurrencies and services with the block chain.” supply” was alleged. Technology” for Pyongyang.

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a federal arrest warrant against Cao de Bains in late January for allegedly conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which allows the US to Allows the establishment of economic sanctions against countries that “could become a threat”.

Cao de Benes, 47, who serves as North Korea’s unofficial representative in Spain, faces up to 20 years in prison In the United States of America for the crimes for which he is accused, as is Ames.

The Catalan, who is of aristocratic origin, has previously reportedly had problems with Spanish justice for being involved in one. The arms smuggling conspiracy that was dismantled six years ago.

Alejandro Cao de Benes has made a mark for twenty years as a Special Representative of the North Korean government’s Ministry of Cultural Relations with Foreigners. He is from Tarragona and has been working for the North Korean government for years.

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