On November 22, Tornado Cash creator Alexsey Pertsev was brought before a court in the Netherlands for a hearing which ruled that he would remain in prison in the Netherlands for three more months. This decision was made after the hearing. After spending 103 days in jail awaiting his preliminary court hearing, Pertsev appeared before a judge at the Palace of Justice in’s-Hertogenbosch. The hearing was held in connection with his case. During the course of the hearing, a summary version of the accusations made against him was presented.
Before attorney WK Cheng made the defense’s opening statement, the prosecution gave a detailed description of the investigation it had conducted. They represented Pertsev in presenting him as a major cog in the wheel of Tornado Cash’s operations, which is not accurate.
Cheng shed light on a variety of topics providing an overview of Tornado Cash’s use cases and refuting the misunderstandings surrounding its operation. Cheng’s talk can be viewed here.
The defense attorney once again said that he was of the opinion that the state had only shown one aspect of Pertsev’s connection to Tornado Cash in his case. He made this statement and also revealed that the initial date of the first session has been changed to February 20, 2023. This revelation came at the same time as the previous announcement.
Despite Pertsev’s legal team having given a series of assurances that he would be subject to surveillance at his home and weekly checks at the local police station if he were released, the prosecution expressed concern that Pertsev could flee. of the country if released before the start of the trial. This concern was expressed despite the fact that Pertsev’s legal team had made a number of assurances