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Montenegro Court Approves Do Kwon’s Extradition…Where to Now?

The legal odyssey of Do Kwon, co-founder of Terraform Labs, took another turn as the High Court of Podgorica in Montenegro approved his potential extradition to either South Korea or the United States.

An official statement posted on the court’s website on Nov. 24 outlined the court’s decision, leaving the final extradition determination to Montenegro’s minister of justice.

Kwon’s legal troubles in Montenegro arose after a court sentenced him to four months in jail for using a forged passport in an attempt to flee to Dubai via a private jet. The saga continued with charges of attempting to exit the country using a fake Costa Rican passport in June 2023.

Should the minister of justice greenlight Kwon’s extradition, it would follow the execution of the criminal sanction pronounced earlier in the forged documents case, as per the court statement.

Kwon’s initial arrest in March 2023 stemmed from his involvement in the $40-billion collapse of the Terra ecosystem in May 2022. With extradition requests from both the U.S. and South Korea, prosecutors hinted at potential multiple sentences across jurisdictions for the Terraform Labs co-founder.

In the U.S., Kwon faces a civil lawsuit from the Securities and Exchange Commission for fraud, along with several criminal charges by the Justice Department relating to the collapse of TerraUSD and LUNA. Alternatively, extradition to South Korea could result in a reported 40-year jail sentence, where most of his alleged crimes occurred.

Recent legal developments saw Montenegro’s highest court denying Kwon’s appeal, leading to continued imprisonment. Reports indicate Kwon’s current detainment at Spuž prison near Podgorica, where he is allowed one hour of outdoor time daily.

The unfolding legal dramas surrounding figures like Sam Bankman-Fried and Do Kwon underscore the critical need for regulation in the cryptocurrency space. Despite the passage of time, these events serve as a reminder that accountability prevails.

The regulatory framework plays a pivotal role in ensuring that justice is served and providing safeguards against potential misconduct or malpractices. As the landscape continues to evolve, the significance of comprehensive regulations cannot be overstated in maintaining integrity, fairness, and stability within the crypto realm.

The evolution of various cities into bustling blockchain and crypto hubs signals a growing acceptance and adoption of digital assets. However, amidst this global movement, the regulatory efforts in the UAE, particularly through ADGM (Abu Dhabi Global Market) and VARA (Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority), stand out as exemplary and unparalleled.

The UAE’s proactive approach to creating a well-defined regulatory framework has earned commendation and admiration within the global crypto community. The country’s commitment to fostering innovation while ensuring regulatory clarity and protection for investors sets a standard for other jurisdictions aspiring to establish themselves as industry leaders in the crypto sphere.

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