Renowned trial attorney Brian Klein will represent Virgil Griffith, the developer recently arrested for participating in a blockchain conference in North Korea.


Renowned trial attorney Brian Klein has revealed he will represent Virgil Griffith, the developer recently arrested for participating in a blockchain conference in North Korea.

In a tweet posted on Dec. 3, Klein stated that his client disputes the -ldquo;untested allegations in the criminal complaint-rdquo; and had been temporarily released from jail pending his trial.

Klein: Griffith -ldquo;looks forward to the full story-rdquo; coming out

Klein -mdash; who has previously represented the likes of Charlie Shrem and Erik Voorhees -mdash; is a former federal prosecutor who currently works as a criminal and regulatory defense attorney at United States law firm Baker Marquart.-

He has extensive experience with technology cases and chairs the American Bar Association-rsquo;s blockchain, digital currency and ICO national institute, his staff profile indicates.

As reported, Griffith -mdash; a 36-year old American citizen living in Singapore -mdash; was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 29 and is being charged with conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act or IEEPA.-

Griffith had traveled to the Democratic People-rsquo;s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to deliver a conference presentation, entitled -ldquo;Blockchain and Peace,-rdquo; despite allegedly having been denied permission to do so by the U.S. State Department.-

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged Griffith with providing -ldquo;highly technical information to North Korea, knowing that this information could be used to help North Korea launder money and evade sanctions.-rdquo;

In his tweet, Klein has welcomed the ruling to release Griffith from jail pending his forthcoming trial, adding that his client -ldquo;looks forward to his day in court, when the full story can come out.-rdquo;

Vitalik Buterin pledges his support-

Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Vitalik Buterin has declared his solidarity with Griffith, stating he believes that -ldquo;geopolitical open-mindedness is a *virtue*-rdquo; and that he does not believe Griffith gave the DPRK -ldquo;any kind of real help in doing anything bad.-rdquo;

Buterin has supported a change.org petition to release the developer, which has 50 signatures by press time.





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