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Colombians initiate legal action against Binance for freezing their bitcoins

Colombia, Distrito Capital de Bogotá, Bogotá
Published 1 year ago
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Colombians initiate legal action against Binance for freezing their bitcoins
Colombia, Distrito Capital de Bogotá, Bogotá,
Published 1 year ago

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More than five months have passed since Binance blocked the accounts of different users, preventing them from having access to their cryptocurrencies.

The blocking was due to the fact that they had received cryptocurrencies from alleged criminal activities, such as money laundering, according to suspicions from the FIOD Fiscal Information and Investigation Service of the Netherlands. It is for this reason that Binance proceeded to freeze their funds and block their accounts, those affected explained to us.

One of them is Jairo Vélez, who told us I have been blocked since September 29, 2021. 

Already five months without access to my funds. In my wallet they stole what I had and, according to Binance officials, the funds are held by the Dutch FIOD.

Jairo Vélez warned that in his case he has already initiated legal action against the cryptocurrency exchange. And he expressed: My lawyer wrote to Binance to request unblocking. That email was forwarded to the platform's compliance area, which appears to be in Russia. So far we have not received a response.

On the same date that Vélez was blocked, Andrea Torrente was also blocked, who desperately recounted: «They told me that my account had been blocked because the Dutch police authorities had strong suspicions that the coins housed there were of illicit origin and the measure was endorsed by a Dutch prosecutor.

That's what happened to an important group of people, he mentions. And some have managed to be unlocked and get their money back. But this was achieved solely and exclusively by those who had not received a blocking notification from the Netherlands. That is, those who were typified in something that Binance invented called “risk management”, he told us.

Torrente revealed that, like Velez, he has also started legal action against Binance to recover his cryptocurrencies. He precisely began the process a fortnight ago with a lawyer. And he declared: This week, in theory, the deadline in which the legal representative of Binance for Colombia and other authorities was notified is fulfilled. At the moment, he has not received any response.

Those blocked had savings on Binance of up to USD 1 million

Affected warn that they can prove that their money was lawful

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