Italian cryptocurrency exchange BitGrail has announced that bitcoins (BTC) stored in the firm’s wallets have been seized by Italian authorities, according to official announcement published June 15.
The statement says that authorities removed the funds from the exchange’s wallets following a court order by the Tribunal of Florence on June 5, but did not mention the current worth of the seized assets:
“On June 5, 2018, pursuant to the Tribunal of Florence orders, the bitcoins contained in the company’s wallets were seized and brought under control of the judicial authorities pending further Court decisions in the pre-bankruptcy proceeding.”
The seizure of BitGrail’s BTC follows a petition to the court filed by victims of the BitGrail hack, asserting that the exchange is bankrupt under article 6 of Italian bankruptcy law. The petition was filed on behalf of a BitGrail creditor, Espen Enger, whom over 3,000 claimants have allegedly contacted so far.
In February, BitGrail