Ethereum Tornado Cash mixer developer Alexey Pertsev will continue to serve in prison until the April hearing.
According to the latest decision from the Dutch court, the developer will be detained until his next hearing scheduled for April 21.
As Kyptos reported, Dutch authorities first arrested Pertsev in Augusta few days after The US government decided to sanction Tornado Cash, a coin mixing platform that obscures transaction history. Accordingly, the US Treasury Department accused Tornado Cash of abetting dirty money laundering, especially the notorious North Korean hacker group.
In a nutshell, Tornado Cash is a “money mixer”, which scrambles the origin and almost wipes the transaction trace on the blockchain, to increase privacy and make it difficult to investigate. It is because it is an open source and completely decentralized project that has made Tornado Cash a “thorn” in the eyes of governments and law enforcement agencies.
But this is the third time the court has rejected Pertsev’s appeal. It was this blockade order that sparked the outbreak new decentralization debate.
In Amsterdam, many people gathered to protest to demand the release of the developer. They chanted “open source is not a crime” and called on the government to catch the real criminals, not innocent developers.