Detained Binance Executive Sues Nigerian Anti-Graft Agency for 'Fundamental Rights' Violation

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The Binance executive who is being held by Nigerian law enforcement has sued the country’s anti-corruption agency for violating his fundamental rights. The executive also wants the local court to declare the seizure of his passport “a violation of his fundamental right to personal liberty.”

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Violation of the Right to Personal Liberty

The detained Binance senior executive, Tigran Gambaryan, has sued Nigeria’s anti-graft agency as well as the office of the country’s national security adviser for violating his fundamental rights. The lawsuit, which he jointly filed with Nadeem Anjarwalla who recently escaped from custody, also asks the Nigerian court to set him free.

According to a Reuters report, Gambaryan made his intentions known when he appeared before the Nigerian Federal High Court judge, Iyang Ekwo. As per the report, the Binance executive wants the court to declare the seizure of his passport “a violation of his fundamental right to personal liberty.”

In late February, Gambaryan and Anjarwalla were detained by agents from the Office of the National Security Adviser shortly after arriving in the country. The executives were in the country to address allegations that Binance was allowing currency speculators on its platform to manipulate the local currency. The crypto exchange has consistently denied the allegations.

After the talks between the executives and government officials broke down, Gambaryan and Anjarwalla were seized and transferred to a government “guesthouse” in the capital, Abuja.

Meanwhile, in addition to asking for the return of his passport, Gambaryan, who has now spent more than 30 days in custody, said he wants the Nigerian government to issue a public apology. He also wants the court to issue a restraining order for further detention.

According to the Reuters report, lawyers for both the Office of the National Security Adviser and the anti-graft agency known as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission did not attend the hearing, forcing the court to adjourn proceedings. The next hearing is now scheduled for April 8.

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Source: news.bitcoin.com.

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