Detained Tornado Cash developer Alexsey Pertsev will be held in the Netherlands for another three months, according to a court hearing on Nov. 22.
Cointelegraph attended the preliminary court hearing at the Palace of Justice in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, which outlined the basis of Pertsev’s case after 103 days in detention.
The prosecution outlined the broad outlines of its investigation, portraying Pertsev as a central figure in the Tornado Cash operation before defense counsel WK Cheng made his first defense argument.
Cheng highlighted several key points, outlining use cases for Tornado Cash and misconceptions about its functionality.
“I am disappointed with the court’s decision. We tried to explain the defense’s position as clearly as possible,” Cheng told Cointelegraph after the preliminary hearing.
The advocate confirmed that the first session had been postponed until February 20, 2023, and reiterated his view that the state presented a one-sided interpretation of Pertsev’s involvement in Tornado Cash.
“We’re going to make some demands, we’re going to have some investigations, the issues we need to get resolved. We’re going to try to prepare for the next court session.”
Prosecutors emphasized that despite numerous promises made by Pertsev’s legal team, including surveillance at his home and weekly check-ins at the local police station, he would be at risk of absconding if he were released before his first court hearing, Prosecutors have highlighted that concern.
This story is developing and will be updated with more background information.