Binance exec arrested in Kenya, could face extradition to Nigeria: Report

Nadeem Anjarwalla, a citizen of both Britain and Kenya, and an employee at the cryptocurrency platform Binance, is said to have been taken into custody in Kenya following his departure from Nigeria in March.

Based on multiple news reports from Kenya dated April 22, the local law enforcement authorities apprehended Anjarwalla and plan to hand him over to Nigerian authorities for answering criminal accusations. Previously, Anjarwalla managed to elude custody in Nigeria on March 22 while being escorted for prayers at a mosque. Utilizing his Kenyan passport, he then left the country.

CryptoMoon was unable to confirm reports of Anjarwalla’s arrest in Kenya. He initially traveled to Nigeria in February with fellow Binance executive Tigran Gambaryan following claims the exchange manipulated the country’s fiat currency, the naira. Authorities detained both men after Binance announced that it intended to cease all naira transactions.

The means by which Anjarwalla left Nigeria remain uncertain. According to some accounts, he managed to fly out of Abuja airport with a Kenyan passport, despite the seizure of his British travel documents by the authorities.

Nigerian authorities have pursued legal action against the exchange and Gambaryan in the absence of Binance executive Anjarwalla. Anjarwalla has denied the allegations of tax evasion and money laundering, and the court hearing will resume on April 19 following a short postponement.

Gambaryan’s wife has initiated a petition aiming to bring him back to the United States, asserting that he was merely used by others and is an innocent party. Binance stated that he held no authority within the company and requested that he be absolved from accountability for Binance’s dealings in Nigeria.

Changpeng Zhao, the ex-CEO of Binance, is scheduled to receive sentencing in the US on April 30 for a separate case where he admitted guilt to a single felony offense. The maximum sentence he could receive is imprisonment for ten years.

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2024-04-22 18:15