Virgil Griffith, head of Ethereum’s special projects department, who was arrested on charges of conspiracy with North Korea, was refused bail. According to Inner City Press, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Griffith’s text messages and his concealment of his own assets were decisive.

The programmer was arrested on Thanksgiving Day for illegally traveling to North Korea and allegedly providing the country with information on how to use Ethereum to circumvent economic sanctions.

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An American prosecutor in the Southern District of New York announced that Griffith was accused of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by traveling to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

A week after his arrest, a legal representative of the programmer claimed that Griffith would be released from prison on bail. However, it seems that new information that emerged during the investigation changed the judge’s opinion in this case.

According to Inner City Press, the judge cited the issue that Griffith did not disclose “sufficient financial information” because he did not tell the court that he owns the property and the company that is registered in Puerto Rico. In addition, the court is reportedly afraid that the arrested person will again want to escape outside the US grant.

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One of the main evidence presented by the court was the alleged text messages that Griffith sent to his parents. According to the U.S. Attorney, in the text messages he stated that he maintained “the world’s largest portal in the Dark Web.

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It is possible, however, that the U.S. Attorney’s Office didn’t really know how to keep a programmer behind bars and used real estate and text messages on this subject, which could actually be evidence that he was arrested for black humor, but certainly not evidence that he was behind any platform in Dark Net.

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The defenders add that Griffith tweeted many times about his journey and stay in North Korea, hence the conclusion that he had no intention of committing an offence and had nothing to hide.