The High Court of Montenegro has denied Terraform Labs
Founder Do Kwon's appeal, upholding his four-month prison sentence for falsifying
documents. This decision intensifies Kwon's plight as he faces potential
extradition following the completion of his sentence.
The decision by the court dealt a blow to Kwon's earlier attempt to overturn the prison sentence initially issued by a lower
court in June. Alongside fellow Terraform Labs' executive Han Chang-Joon, Kwon was charged with falsifying documents.
This case emerged nearly a year after the collapse
of Terraform Labs. Both individuals have remained in custody since their arrest
in March. Once his term in the Balkan nation concludes, Kwon faces the
possibility of being handed over to authorities in the US or South Korea, Coindesk
The Basic Court of Montenegro's capital, Podgorica,
deemed the four-month prison sentence an “adequate” punishment for
the crime. Additionally, the court highlighted the necessity of the imposed
security measure, confiscating passports and identity cards, to prevent
potential criminal acts by the perpetrators in future.
Do Kwon Faces Escalating Legal Tussle
Montenegro's Basic Court issued the
four-month jail sentence to Kwon and Terraform Lab's Former Chief Finance Officer, Han Chong-Joon, marking a
significant chapter in their legal battle.
The duo was apprehended in March in Montenegro while
attempting to travel to Dubai via a private jet. The court confiscated fake
Costa Rican and Belgian passports along with falsified identity cards from both
Initially granted bail of €400,000 each, this
reprieve was later annulled when an upper court deemed the executives' property
evaluation incomplete following an appeal by the prosecutor. Reportedly, the time spent in
detention by the Terraform Labs' executives will be factored into their
Criminal Charges and the Fallout from Terra's
In March, federal prosecutors in New York brought criminal charges against Kwon, highlighting eight counts related to his ill-fated
stablecoin project. These charges encompassed commodities fraud, securities fraud,
wire fraud, and conspiracy to defraud and manipulate markets.
The arrest of Kwon marked a pivotal moment in the
aftermath of Terra's catastrophic collapse, erasing a staggering $40 billion
from the ecosystem. Terraform Labs, under Kwon's leadership, issued an
algorithmic stablecoin pegged to the US dollar before collapsing in May last year.
This article was written by Jared Kirui at www.financemagnates.com.
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