Former Ethereum Foundation employee Virgil Griffith, accused of violating US sanctions against North Korea, filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Reason: the prosecution could not properly describe the composition of his crime.
Virgil Griffith was arrested by the FBI in November 2 0 1 9 after visiting North Korea with a report on cryptocurrencies in April. According to the authorities, he provided the leadership of the sanctioned state with valuable information on how to use cryptocurrency technology to circumvent current restrictions. Griffith, in turn, insists that he transmitted “very generalized information based on publicly available information.”
When considering Virgil Griffith application, the court will have to determine whether the speech with the corresponding presentation is a fact of violation of the sanctions requirements. T h e d e v e l o p e r claims that he did not r e c e I v e payment for his presence at the conference and did not have the status of a consultant, and therefore did not officially serve the leadership of the DPRK. In addition, the First Amendment protects his r i g ht t t o m a k e s u c h s p e e c h e s, h e a r g u e s.
Griffith also insists that his speech falls under exclusive conditions under the law on economic powers in case of international emergencies to disseminate “information” and “information materials.”
In January, Griffith was released on $1 million bail. Proceedings against him are ongoing