By John Ensor •
Updated: 02 Dec 2023 • 18:58
Fugitive arrested at Madrid train station.
A man on the run from American authorities has been arrested by Spanish police.
A report published on Friday, November 2, gave details of how the National Police in Madrid apprehended a fugitive sought by the United States for a serious fraud crime.
The arrest could lead to a severe penalty, with the individual potentially facing up to 20 years behind bars.
The operation unfolded at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha station, where the suspect was detained. The events leading to this moment trace back to 2018.
The individual in question founded the ‘Friendship Association with North Korea’ and is accused of hosting multiple conferences on cryptocurrencies and blockchain in North Korea’s capital of Pyongyang. These actions allegedly bypassed the sanctions ban imposed by the US
The operation to locate the fugitive began around mid-October, following a tip-off from Interpol. The evidence suggested that the individual, sought after by North American authorities, might be in Spain.
The Fugitive Location Group, through diligent efforts, confirmed the fugitive’s presence in Catalonia. It was believed he might have been using false documents.
The final breakthrough occurred when investigators discovered his travel plans from Barcelona to Madrid. His identity was confirmed, and he was arrested upon arrival in Madrid.
This case underscores the complexity of international law enforcement and the challenges posed by individuals exploiting emerging technologies like cryptocurrencies.
The collaboration between Spanish authorities and Interpol highlights the effectiveness of global cooperation in apprehending those evading justice.
The implications of this arrest extend beyond the individual, shedding light on the broader issues of cryptocurrency use in sanctioned countries and the international community’s response to such actions.
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Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina.
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