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Tigran Gambaryan, a Binance executive who is imprisoned in Nigeria, suffered a medical emergency on Thursday (23) while participating in his money laundering trial. Gambaryan collapsed in court and had to go to the hospital, which interrupted his trial.

Because of the incident, Judge Emeka Nwite ordered Gambaryan transferred to Nizayime Hospital, a luxury private medical center in the capital Abuja. According to sources, Nwite also postponed the return of the trial until June 14.

Binance executive goes to hospital

The Binance executive’s health situation has already worried his family since his arrest. Yuki Gambaryan, Tigran’s wife, expressed anguish over her husband’s deteriorating health and treatment during the trial.

Despite showing signs of serious illness, Gambaryan was still forced to appear in court, where he ended up collapsing. His wife highlighted the terrible conditions in Kuje prison, where Gambaryan has been held for almost two months.

Yuki Gambaryan highlighted that her husband has no health problems, but is under pressure from work. Furthermore, the executive’s wife stated that his arrest served to worsen his stress.

As CriptoFácil reported, Gambaryan’s defense cited the same arguments when asking for his release on bail last week. However, Judge Nwite rejected the request on the grounds that the executive could flee the country.

In March, Nigerian authorities arrested Gambaryan along with Nadeem Anjarwalla, a regional manager at Kenya-based Binance. The government reportedly asked Binance to provide customer information of the company’s Nigerian users, but the exchange refused.

Gambaryan faces $35 million money laundering charges allegedly involving Binance. On the other hand, Anjarwalla managed to escape to Kenya, but was arrested in the country.

What comes next?

As Gambaryan’s trial unfolds, the challenges facing the executive become increasingly evident. Gambaryan’s lawyers once again asked for his release and also for him to be given all necessary medical care.

The Kuje prison, where the executive is imprisoned, is known for its harsh conditions and for housing highly dangerous criminals, such as murderers. This fact further exacerbates concerns about their health and safety.

With the defendant unable to attend trial, Judge Nwite adjourned the resumption of tax violation proceedings to June 14. The money laundering trial was rescheduled for June 20, which should keep Gambaryan in prison for almost a month longer.

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