Tornado Cash developer Alexey Pertsev will remain in detention

Tornado Cash developer Alexey Pertsev will remain in detention

Tornado Cash developer Alexsey Pertsev, who is in custody, will spend another three months in detention in the Netherlands after the hearing on November 22.

Cointelegraph attended the preliminary hearing at the ‘s-Hertogenbosch Palace of Justice. Arguments against Pertsev, who had been detained for 103 days, were presented at the trial.

The prosecution provided a comprehensive view of the investigation, arguing that Pertsev was central to Tornado Cash’s operations. Pertsev’s lawyer, WK Cheng, made his first defense on behalf of his client.

While providing information on the usage areas of Tornado Cash, Cheng also touched upon the common misconceptions about the function of the service.

“I am disappointed with the court’s decision,” Cheng told Cointelegraph after the preliminary hearing. “We tried to reflect the defense’s point of view as clearly as possible,” he said.

The lawyer confirmed that the first hearing in the case was postponed to February 20, 2023. Cheng reiterated that the state made a one-sided comment on his client’s involvement in Tornado Cash.

“We will have some proposals, we will do investigations, we have things to work on to clarify. We will try to prepare until the next hearing.”

The prosecution considered that Pertsev risked his escape if released before the first trial. The defense’s proposals, such as home surveillance and weekly checks at the police station, didn’t work either.

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