Turkish police have launched an investigation into the closure of a digital currency exchange in the country and the escape of its CEO, and have arrested 62 people so far.
to the the report The Associated Press reported Friday that Turkish police have arrested 62 people in eight provinces over an ongoing investigation into the closure of the Thodex digital currency exchange.
On Wednesday, there were several reports that the TADEX exchange, which owns about $ 2 billion to $ 10 billion in digital currencies, abruptly shut down. The news caused panic among traders who had lost access to their digital assets.
The exchange issued an official statement the same day, claiming that it had been forced to suspend trading for four to five days due to some unspecified investments; But Oğuz Evren Kılıç, a Turkish lawyer, said it could definitely be a scam.
He filed a criminal complaint with the Turkish prosecutor’s office, but warned that “the legal process could take years”. “Can we call this the Turkish Met Gax incident?” Oren Kilic tweeted. (Mt. Gox) was a Japanese digital currency exchange that was targeted by a hacker in 2014 and its users’ bitcoins were stolen. , About 140,000 bitcoins (BTC) were stolen.)
The text of his tweet is as follows:
If digital currencies worth billions of dollars “disappear” and then are sold, what will be the impact on global markets? Can we call it the Turkish Matt Gax incident?
Meanwhile, Faruk Fatih Ozer, the 27-year-old owner of the Tadex exchange, is said to have left Turkey last week. TADEX lawyer Bedirhan Oguz Basibuyuk also said that the exchange had been facing liquidity problems recently. According to him:
Tadex assets had declined. At a time when large numbers of users were about to withdraw their funds, the company was unable to complete all requests.
As the situation worsened, Ozer posted another statement on the Tadex website, this time claiming that the exchange had been the victim of a cyber attack and planned actions to question its operation. The CEO of Tadex also claimed that he was hesitant between “suicide or surrendering to the authorities”, but eventually decided to return to Turkey. He said about this:
So I decided that what I really needed to do was learn how to live and work and pay my debts. The day I pay off all my debts, I will return to my country and surrender myself to justice.
Turkish lawyer نren Kl کلیç wrote on Twitter after the statement:
The explanation we were waiting for arrived. A long and difficult process begins.
According to the Associated Press, in addition to the 62 people arrested, Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 16 others in connection with the exchange.