The Paris Correctional Court has begun hearings in the case of Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik. In France, he is accused of money laundering, identity theft, and linked to the spread of Locky ransomware.

As TASS writes with reference to lawyer Frederic Belo, Vinnik is confident in his own innocence and will prove it in court.

“His accusation is unfair and he intends to prove that he has nothing to do with the Locky malware. If the managing platforms BTC-e committed crimes, the evidence of which must be provided, then they should be held accountable for their actions, and not Vinnik, who worked as a simple operator,” Belo said.

The schedule of hearings will be approved during the meeting. Initially, it is set until October 22. The positions of civil parties will also be voiced in court.

On the eve before Vinnik was transferred to a prison with better conditions, but Belo claims that even now the state of health of his client is of concern.

Alexander Vinnik was extradited to France at the beginning of the year. Since then, he has been under arrest.

In September, the ombudsman for human rights in the Russian Federation, Tatyana Moskalkova, turned to the Minister of Justice of France with a request to assist in the Vinnik case.