Two people arrested in Albania for harbouring Thodex CEO

Albanian police arrested two people accused of providing shelter to Faruk Fatih Özer, the CEO of cryptocurrency trading platform Thodex who is wanted in Turkey on suspicion of fraud.

Police swooped on a building in Albania’s capital Tirana where Özer was believed to be hiding, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday. Efforts to apprehend him continue, it said.

One of the suspects met with Özer at Tirana’s international airport, Anadolu said. He arrived in Albania from Istanbul last week, after which Turkey issued an Interpol red bulletin requesting his arrest.

Thodex said last week that it suspended operations for four to five days due to talks with possible partners, including a globally renowned bank, and for maintenance. Thousands of people have filed criminal complaints with the Turkish courts saying they believe they have been scammed. Özer has denied the charges.

Two five-man teams from the Turkish police are helping their Albanian counterparts with the hunt for Özer, the news agency said.

Trading volume via Thodex totalled $585.5 million on its most recent day of operations.