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Do Kwon Faces Extradition to the United States Over Terra Crypto Collapse

The decision, yet to be officially announced, follows the US Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) charges against Kwon for alleged crypto asset securities fraud.

Montenegro's Justice Minister is reportedly inclined to extradite Do Kwon, the founder of Terraform Labs, to the United States, according to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal.

Do Kwon, a key figure in the Terra blockchain ecosystem, is wanted by the United States and South Korea for his alleged involvement in the downfall of Terra's digital assets. 

The decision follows Kwon's arrest in Montenegro last March. The collapse, which occurred in May 2022, triggered a broader market downturn affecting major players in the cryptocurrency space.

Legal Maneuvers and Extradition Talks

Kwon, who initially agreed to be extradited to South Korea, now faces the possibility of extradition to the United States. Montenegro's Justice Minister has privately communicated the decision to send Kwon to the US to answer charges related to financial crimes. 

The specific charges include commodities fraud, securities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to defraud and engage in market manipulation during Kwon's tenure at Terra.

Despite Kwon's earlier agreement for extradition to South Korea, the final decision rests with Justice Minister Milovic. The minister may await the outcome of a potential last-ditch appeal by Kwon against the court ruling. 

Milovic emphasized that the decision would be made public "in a timely manner," leaving room for speculation on the intricate legal proceedings.

SEC Charges and Market Impact

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had previously charged Kwon with defrauding investors in crypto schemes in February. The legal action marked a pivotal moment, linking Kwon to allegations of orchestrating a multibillion-dollar crypto asset securities fraud. 

In May 2022, Terraform Labs' collapse had a significant impact on the broader cryptocurrency market, impacting major platforms like Voyager Digital, BlockFi, Celsius Network, and FTX.

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