Founder of the TRON cryptocurrency project Justin San is allegedly hiding from the Chinese authorities since November 2018, when he managed to leave the country. Decrypt writes about this with reference to the news agency Caixin.
According to the agency, San found out about the ban on leaving China without the relevant permission of the authorities in June 2018. From that moment until January 2019 he did not appear in public.
As Caixin suggests, San could take advantage of the gap in regulation to leave China, but how he did it remains unclear. The agency also writes that the founder of TRON repeatedly tried to get the abolition of the restrictions imposed on him, but his efforts were not crowned with success.
At the same time, Clon Edwards, Global Communications Director of the TRON Foundation, stated that the allegations that Sanah was forbidden to leave China were not true.
He came back from Hong Kong two weeks ago and has been there since June 15, where he most likely could have been detained, the Edwards newspaper quotes
A spokesperson for the TRON Foundation also says that San moved to San Francisco in October and moves around the world freely. According to Edwards, people on the border control lists are informed about this, but Sana no such notification has been received.
Earlier this week, Cliff Edwards posted a tweet with a photo in which he is depicted with San. Both of them are said to be in San Francisco, with the founder of TRON holding a sheet of paper with a Tron blockchain hash, designed to verify the truth of Edwards’s words.
Note that this is not the first message from the Chinese media this week that Sanah was forbidden to leave the country. The special committee on Internet security, formed by the State Council of China, allegedly accused Sana of money laundering, illegal investment, involvement in the distribution of pornography and gambling.
With reference to a source close to the situation, Caixin also writes that San’s problems arose because of his intention to meet with American billionaire Warren Buffett. Presumably, the Chinese authorities are unhappy with such actions against the background of the ongoing trade war with the United States.
Justin was giving money to American philanthropists while the Chinese economy was suffering because of the trade war with Trump. Now he apologizes to the government and Caixin, the agency source said.
Recall that Sanah’s lunch with Warren Buffett was to take place today, but earlier this week, the Tron Foundation reported on postponing the event, citing health problems experienced by the project’s founder.