Andrew Adams, a New York lawyer, has urged the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to halt the transfer of forfeited funds to Nigeria under the “international sharing” programme, in response to what he described as patently unjustified charges against Tigran Gambaryan, a Binance executive.
Adams expressed his views in an opinion piece published by CoinDesk, a media outlet covering the cryptocurrency industry.

In late February, Gambaryan and anothe0

inance employee, Nadeem Anjarwalla, a British Kenyan, were detained by Nigerian officials upon their arrival in the country.

According to him, the detention occurred without prior notice or public announcement of charges.

He said that Nigerian prosecutors later charged the two with money laundering and tax offences, accusations that Adams claims are entirely unrelated to Gambaryan’s conduct.

Adams noted that Gambaryan, who serves as Binance’s lead law enforcement liaison, is a former IRS criminal investigator and a global educator on using blockchain technology to combat financial crime

According to Adams, Gambaryan’s arrest and subsequent charges are an abuse of police power by Nigerian authorities.

Adams highlighted the lack of an official U.S. response, noting that diplomatic and official actions have been minimal.

June 3, 2024

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