Sunday, December 10, 2023

Arrest warrant issued in South Korea for ‘cryptocrash’ boss

A South Korean court has issued an arrest warrant for Do Kwon, who co-founded the company behind the Terra Luna and TerraUSD cryptocurrencies.

Their spectacular collapse earlier this year spooked investors and saw the values of major tokens plummet.

Prosecutors claim that Terraform Labs, which is registered in Singapore, had violated capital market rules.

Terra Luna lost 99% of its value in May, and this was aggravated by a fall of its sister token, TerraUSD.

Kwon did not immediately respond to a BBC request for comment on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the South Korea prosecutor’s office told the BBC that arrest warrants had been issued for Kwon and five other individuals connected to the case. However, she declined to comment on how close authorities were to making the arrests.

According to media reports, Kwon is believed to be in Singapore, which does not have an extradition agreement with South Korea.

Kwon said it was “kind of hard” to decide whether to return to South Korea in a recent interview with crypto show Coinage. He also claimed to have “never been in touch with the investigators.”

Prosecutors are planning to arrest and extradite Kwon from Singapore by nullifying his passport and working with international policing organization Interpol, the Financial Times reported.

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