Cryptocurrency Kingpin Do Kwon Faces Extradition from Montenegro

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 A court in Montenegro has approved the extradition of Do Kwon, the co-founder of the cryptocurrency company Terraform Labs, to South Korea, where he faces charges related to the collapse of the TerraUSD (UST) stablecoin.

Background of the case

Kwon rose to prominence in the cryptocurrency world as the brainchild behind TerraUSD (UST), a stablecoin that was pegged to the US dollar. UST was designed to maintain its value through algorithmic mechanisms and reserve backing. However, in May 2022, the token lost its peg, causing a massive sell-off that ultimately led to the collapse of the entire Terra ecosystem.

The charges

South Korean prosecutors have charged Kwon with fraud and capital market violations, alleging that he misled investors about the stability of UST and orchestrated its collapse. Kwon has denied the charges, maintaining that he acted in good faith and that the collapse of UST was due to unforeseen market conditions.

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Extradition ruling

In a ruling on Friday, the Montenegrin court determined that there was sufficient evidence to support the extradition request from South Korea. The court stated that Kwon’s actions had caused “significant financial harm” to investors and that he posed a flight risk, according to USNews.com.

Kwon’s response

Kwon’s lawyers have vowed to appeal the decision, arguing that the extradition proceedings were flawed and that the charges against him are unfounded. They also expressed concerns about the fairness of the South Korean judicial system.

Impact of the ruling

The extradition approval is a significant development in the case against Kwon, who is considered a major figure in the cryptocurrency industry. His extradition could have far-reaching implications for the broader cryptocurrency market, which is still reeling from the collapse of UST and the Terra ecosystem.

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The future of the case

It remains to be seen whether Kwon will ultimately be extradited to South Korea. The case will likely drag on for months or even years as Kwon’s lawyers are expected to exhaust all legal options. In the meantime, Kwon remains under arrest in Montenegro.

Public reaction

The news of Kwon’s extradition approval has been met with mixed reactions from the public. Some have expressed relief that Kwon will face justice for his alleged crimes, while others have expressed concerns about the potential impact on the cryptocurrency industry.

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