Do Kwon’s Lawyer Accuses Court of ‘Numerous Unanticipated Mistakes’

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Do Kwon’s Lawyer Accuses Court of ‘Numerous Unanticipated Mistakes’
  • Do Kwon’s lawyer David Patton hints at the possibility of Kwon to miss the first day of his civil trial.
  • The assumption is based on the prevailing uncertainty regarding Kwon’s extradition.
  • Lawyer  Patton states that Kwon will not request for further postponement of the trial.

Recent reports highlighted Terraform Labs Co-Founder Do Kwon’s potential failure to appear for the initial day of the upcoming civil trial on March 25. Kwon’s lawyer David Patton hinted at the possible situation, considering the court’s repeated delays in Kwon’s extradition decision.

Last week, the High Court of Podgorica ruled to extradite Kwon to the United States, denying his request to be extradited to his native South Korea. Though Kwon’s legal team argued that Montenegro’s Justice Minister has the ultimate authority to pass the decision on his extradition, the court rejected it. While the court asserted that the decision might be altered again, it remains unclear when Kwon will be extradited.

In March 2023, Kwon was arrested in Montenegro, accused of eight charges, including securities fraud, commodities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy. Highlighting the slower processes and repeated delays in extradition, Kwon’s lawyers requested the court to postpone the SEC trial to mid-March, which was originally scheduled in January.

Despite the court’s granting of Kwon’s request, considering his interest in appearing for the trial in person, the uncertainty of his extradition casts a shadow over his availability for the trial. Citing that Kwon might not be available for the first day of the criminal trial, attorney Patton asserted that Kwon will not seek to postpone the trial again.

In addition, Goran Rodic, Kwon’s lawyer in Montenegro, reportedly posited that “numerous unanticipated mistakes” from the local lower court have caused delays in Montenegrin legal proceedings. He added that Kwon’s request for extradition to South Korea was rejected by the court on “erroneous” information that the U.S. extradition request was received first.

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