Thailand issues ‘right-hand man from Silk Road founder’ to USA

Jun

16

2018

Thailand has Friday a Canadian man, who according to the US was the right hand of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, extradited to the US Department of Justice. The 56-year-old man named Roger Thomas Clark is suspected of having supported Ulbricht.

Clark, who would be hiding behind names like Variety Jones and Cimon, was, according to the ministry, a ‘confidant of Ulbicht who advised him in all aspects of running Silk Road’. He would also have been responsible for hiring and managing people who contributed to the development of the technical infrastructure of the well-known internet marketplace. He would also have received ‘at least hundreds of thousands of dollars’ for his services.

The man is suspected of various offenses, including selling drugs via the Internet and money laundering. He would have to wait at least ten years in prison if he was convicted. The maximum penalty is for life.

Clark was arrested in 2015 by the Thai police. Slightly more than a year ago, the appeal of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht was rejected , thus maintaining his previous condemnation to life imprisonment. The illegal marketplace Silk Road was only accessible via Tor and many drugs were traded. At the end of 2013 the American justice rolled up the site. Ulbricht was also known as ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’.

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