Now 22, he was allegedly part of a team of hackers called "The Community," and it's claimed that more than $50 million in crypto was stolen through SIM swaps.
During a court hearing in London, De Rose's lawyers argued he should stand trial in the U.K. for several reasons. As well as claiming that most of his alleged offenses took place in his home country, they are against the extradition on mental health grounds because he is a suicide risk.
A Complicated Case
The young Briton's lawyers have also taken the unusual step of questioning whether the plaintiff is a victim at all.
De Rose's representative argued that the man who was defrauded had actually illegally stolen it on the market — meaning that no harm was caused.
The case continues.