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100 U.S. Ex-Prosecutors Urge Nigeria To Release Binance Executive ‘Immediately’

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Over 100 former U.S. federal prosecutors and agents have called on the U.S. Department of State to secure the release of Tigran Gambaryan, the head of financial crimes and compliance at Binance, who is currently detained in Nigeria.

The cohort of ex-prosecutors warned that the consequences of inaction by the U.S. government could be dire.

In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on June 6, the former officials criticized the U.S. government’s lack of effort in addressing Gambaryan’s situation.

“The U.S. government’s efforts to date have been wholly lacking, and the consequences of further inaction are potentially dire,” they wrote.

The group highlighted Gambaryan’s decade-long service as a Special Agent with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), where he demonstrated a strong commitment to the rule of law.

The group said, “Several of us worked alongside Tigran during these cases and saw his tireless devotion to the rule of law firsthand,” the letter noted.

“Gambaryan has worked on significant cases involving child pornography, terrorism financing, identity theft, and the notorious Silk Road public corruption cases.”

The ex-prosecutors claim that Gambaryan is being held on false charges related to money laundering and tax evasion.

They argue that as a mid-tier employee at Binance, he should not be held responsible for the company’s actions.

“He is completely innocent of these charges and, as a mid-tier employee at Binance, does not hold a role that makes him an appropriate stand-in for the company,” the letter stated.

In January, Gambaryan travelled to Nigeria with other Binance employees to discuss financial compliance with Nigerian officials.

Following the meeting, Nigerian officials allegedly demanded a substantial payment to resolve compliance issues related to Binance.

Fearing for their safety, Gambaryan and his colleagues quickly left the country.

However, Gambaryan was invited back to Nigeria a month later, where he reportedly had his passport confiscated and was subsequently arrested.

In February, the federal government arrested Gambaryan and Nadeem Anjarwalla on suspicion of money laundering and tax evasion.

While Anjarwalla managed to escape to Kenya, Gambaryan remained detained in the Kuje correctional center in Abuja.

The case has attracted significant attention, with many calling for urgent diplomatic intervention to secure Gambaryan’s release.

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