Cazes’s Death Remains Controversial 5 Years Later

Alexandre Cazes, the architect and administrator of the original AlphaBay darknet market, was discovered dead in his Thai jail cell five years ago today, while awaiting extradition to the United States. Cazes had been arrested a week earlier at his Bangkok home, on the same day that his creation, the world’s largest darknet bazaar, had been taken offline. Thai police and US Department of Justice authorities characterized his death as a suicide, which is the version widely accepted by the media and the general public. However, even after five years, it is still not universally acknowledged.

DeSnake, a secondary admin on the original AlphaBay and the principal admin of the newer market of the same name, posted a memorial to Cazes (aka ‘alpha02′) on the Dread darknet forum on Sunday. DeSnake also used the occasion to reaffirm his view that Cazes was murdered in jail and did not commit suicide.

Alexandre Cazes in an undated Facebook photo.

“As many, if not all, of you are aware, alpha02 was slain 5 years ago following an operation by LE,” DeSnake said in a topic titled “Remembering Alpha02 Rest On Peace,” which was posted in the AlphaBay subdread. DeSnake’s piece went on to detail Cazes’ impact on darknet markets in the years thereafter, as well as the reasons why he decided to carry on with his legacy. It also mused on the philosophical ramifications of Cazes’ acts, expressing a desire to “herald a new era in the DNM sector.”

“Alpha02 poured his heart and mind into the AlphaBay project, and while many see him as a titan in his field, they forget that he was also a human.” Father, spouse, son, and brother He, like the rest of us, had hopes and dreams.

He was unjustly snatched from his family and the scene, despite the fact that he had so much more to offer. Suffering a fate he did not deserve, we remember how Jesus endured for all of our “sins,” at least according to the subjective book of rules known as “the law.” – AlphaBay administrator DeSnake

A video clip of an FBI agent exhibiting the film of Cazes’ arrest to an audience of media and law officials who laugh as Cazes tries to elude capture was also recently discussed on Dread in a thread titled “Seriously, FUCK THE FEDS!” In the thread, DeSnake stated that the treatment of Cazes seen in the video was “utterly unprofessional to say the least,” and that the occurrence depicted in the video was “the single thing that set me off on the path to rebuild.”

According to The Nation Thailand, Cazes’ assets seized by authorities in Thailand amount 726 million baht, or nearly $20 million USD at today’s exchange rate. Evidence contradicting Thai police assertions that Cazes’ death was a suicide has never been produced in court or in any official manner.

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