Co-owner of shuttered Polish crypto exchange Bitmarket found dead
Police are investigating the death of Tobiasz Niemiro, a Polish entrepreneur and co-owner of cryptocurrency exchange Bitmarket, which closed on July 8 under suspicious circumstances.
Niemiro’s body was found with a bullet wound to the head on Thursday in a forest near his home city of Olsztyn, three hours from the Polish capital, Warsaw, according to local radio. The exact circumstances of his death are, as yet, unconfirmed.
Poland’s leading newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, which has been heavily following the story, suggested that Niemiro, 44, had committed suicide.
However, acquaintances of Niemiro say they suspect foul play.
Local businessman, Adam Socha claimed today, in a blog post, that he had received an email from Niemiro, a few hours before he died.
“The email was long. It seemed like he had found himself in an environment of shady businessmen. He gave names. I will not disclose its content because of the investigation. I forwarded the email to the prosecutor’s office. He also wrote that he would provide certain materials, but he didn’t have time,” said Socha.
exchange, Bitmarket, posted a notice claiming “lack of liquidity” when it suddenly closed down two weeks ago, and customers complained that they couldn’t access their funds.
More than 400 investors allegedly lost a total of 2300 bitcoin (worth approximately $23 million,) according to Gazeta Wyborcza, and on July 11, the Polish authorities announced an investigation.
In separate statements issued after the close of Bitmarket, Niemiro and his co-founder, Marcin Aszkiełowicz, denied allegations that they had misappropriated clients’ funds.
Niemiro also told Polish website Money.pl, that he was not responsible for administering the exchange funds and had suffered losses himself.
“I lost everything because somebody caused the collapse of the exchange,” he said. “Now I’m losing face and my good name, for which I’ve worked all my life. I am one of the victims.”