Former U.S. federal agents rally to free Binance exec detained in Nigeria

As a researcher with a background in criminal justice and international relations, I find myself deeply troubled by the situation surrounding Tigran Gambaryan’s detainment in Nigeria. Having read the letter penned by a group of former U.S. federal prosecutors and agents, I am compelled to express my concern and support for their call to action.

A group of ex-federal investigators and lawyers from the United States have appealed to the Department of State for assistance in attempting to secure the release of Tigran Gambaryan, who holds a key position in Binance‘s financial crimes and compliance unit.

As a crypto investor following the latest news, I’ve come across an update regarding Gambaryan’s current situation. He is now being detained in Nigeria. The allegations against him are serious, involving accusations of money laundering and tax evasion.

In a letter dated June 6, some ex-officials expressed their disapproval towards the U.S. administration’s initiatives, labeling them as “completely insufficient.” If no corrective measures were taken, they warned of severe repercussions.

During his tenure with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Gambaryan made significant contributions. He handled a diverse caseload, investigating matters related to terrorism financing and identity theft. Among his notable assignments was the high-profile investigation into the Silk Road case.

“We, several of us, had the opportunity to work closely with Tigran on these matters, and witnessed his unwavering commitment to upholding the law in action.”

In the opinion of the group, the allegations against Gambaryan are unfounded. The missive underscored that his position at Binance does not qualify him as a suitable representative for the corporation.

“Please utilize the complete authority of American diplomacy to ensure a fair outcome by advocating for and bringing about Tigran’s swift return to his loved ones and the nation he faithfully served.”

Gambaryan traveled to Nigeria in January to discuss Binance’s financial compliance. 

Back in the day, Nigerian authorities reportedly asked for a significant sum of money to resolve the regulatory concerns we faced. Finding ourselves uneasy about the situation, my team and I decided it was best to leave the country.

Gambaryan was invited a month later, only to get his passport confiscated and later arrested.

As a crypto investor, I’ve been closely following the developments between the U.S. government and Binance. Recently, the Nigerian Minister of Information, Mohammed Idris, made a statement that has raised some eyebrows in the community. He declared that Nigerian prosecutors are “confident in the merit” or “strongly believe in the validity” of their case against the Binance executive.

The minister has dismissed allegations that the Nigerian administration failed to follow proper procedures during the trial and assured that Binance will have the “chance” to present its case.

As a crypto investor following news related to geopolitics, I’ve taken note of the recent development concerning the call by U.S. lawmakers for President Biden to assign the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs to deal with the situation regarding Armenian-American businessman Sasan Gambaryan. I believe this is a significant move aimed at resolving his case and ensuring the protection of American citizens abroad.

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2024-06-07 13:50