Do Kwon possible gained’t be extradited ‘earlier than the tip of March,’ say attorneys


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Terraform Labs co-founder Do Kwon will not be extradited to the USA in time for the agency’s trial with the nation’s Securities and Alternate Fee (SEC), in response to his attorneys.

In Feb. 26 filings in U.S. District Court docket for the Southern District of New York, David Patton of Kaplan Hecker & Fink said Kwon “will possible not be extradited earlier than the tip of March” from Montenegro, the place he has been since March 2023. In line with the lawyer, his staff anticipated Kwon to have already been extradited to the U.S., however “unanticipated errors” have slowed the method.

“[Kwon] will possible not be current or in a position to attend not less than the beginning of the trial scheduled to start on March 25, 2024,” stated Patton. “We offer this data purely as a standing replace for the Court docket […] we won’t search any adjournment of the trial date whatever the timing of Mr. Kwon’s final extradition.”

Feb. 26 submitting in U.S. District Court docket for the Southern District of New York. Supply: Courtlistener

Goran Rodic, who represents Kwon for authorized proceedings in Montenegro, said the nation’s Excessive Court docket made a Feb. 21 ruling to extradite the Terraform co-founder to the U.S. “based mostly on misguided data.” In line with the lawyer, the Montenegrin courtroom dominated based mostly on the declare that the U.S. filed for extradition earlier than South Korea when the other was true.

“Now we have appealed the Excessive Court docket’s February 21, 2024 choice in gentle of the illegality of the Excessive Court docket’s choice ordering his extradition to the USA,” stated Rodic. “The ‘abstract’ course of has taken far longer than we anticipated on the outset due to the quite a few unanticipated errors made by the decrease courtroom. At this level, I don’t anticipate Mr. Kwon will probably be extradited — to both South Korea or the USA — earlier than the tip of March.”

The attorneys’ filings recommended that the USA would possible win the extradition battle with South Korea. Kwon was arrested in Montenegro for utilizing falsified journey paperwork in March 2023 and has remained within the nation for roughly a 12 months as extradition requests have been dealt with. Between the collapse of Terra in Might 2022 and his arrest, his whereabouts have been largely unknown.

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The SEC filed a lawsuit in opposition to Kwon and Terraform in February 2023, and the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace charged the Terra co-founder with eight felony counts in March 2023, shortly after his arrest. Kwon and Terraform have been alleged to have orchestrated a “multi-billion greenback crypto asset securities fraud” associated to providing TerraUSD (UST) and Terra (LUNA).

Decide Jed Rakoff, overseeing the civil case, granted summary judgment in December 2023 in favor of the SEC over Terraform allegedly providing unregistered securities. The trial date has already been delayed to potentially accommodate Kwon however will possible begin on March 25. Former U.S. President Donald Trump will seem in the identical courtroom district on the identical day to face his first felony trial.

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