Alleged Bitcoin Miner Thief Tells Police Held Him ‘Without Proof’

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Sindri Thor Stefansson (Miner) Claimed that Police held Him ‘Without Evidence’

The arrested mastermind of Iceland’s “Big Bitcoin Heist” said that he was free to travel when he disappeared from a low-security prison and went to Sweden a week ago.

Sindri Thor Stefansson has been accused of initiating the robbery of 600 bitcoin mining computers- hardware worth approximately $2 million amid incidents between December and January. Sindri Thor Stefansson sparked headlines a week ago after he left the prison on Tuesday and flew by the plan to Sweden on a flight that he reportedly shared with Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

However, according to a report a week ago, Sindri Thor Stefansson asserted that he was held with no proof for months before his escape. He further claimed that the order of arrest against him lapsed on 16th April, and then the police tried to extend his custody by ten days; a judge delayed that decision for another day. Thus, amid the time of the escape,  Sindri Thor Stefansson he was legally free to go.

Sindri Thor Stefansson was quoted:

“I simply refuse to be in prison of my own will, especially when the police threatens to arrest me without explanation.”

He continued:

“I have been in custody for two and a half months unsuccessfully, without evidence, but only because of police suspicion. That’s what I’m angry. I have not been published a single testimony, and I was threatened and threatened with longer isolation while isolation took place.”

As per a report, Stefansson whereabouts are right now obscure; however, police presume that he is in Spain. The stolen bitcoin mining machines are still missing and a $60,000 reward for information leading to their recovery.

Sindri Thor Stefansson stated that he wanted to come back to Iceland, given that officials declare his status as a free man at the time of his escape.

Stefansson wrote:

“I’m working on negotiating with the police in Iceland that I can get home without being arrested abroad.”

Nishanth Shetty

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