Montenegro Court Approves Do Kwon's Extradition Amidst Global Financial Crime Charges


The Higher Court in Podgorica, Montenegro, has given the green light for the extradition of Terraform Labs co-founder, Do Kwon. This decision comes in response to extradition requests from both South Korea and the United States. The charges against Kwon revolve around financial crimes in these respective nations.

Decision Pending: 

Although Kwon has expressed willingness to be extradited to South Korea, the final determination of which country takes precedence rests with Montenegro's Minister of Justice. A crucial aspect of this decision-making process is contingent on the Minister's approval.

Extradition Process: 

In the event of ministerial approval, Kwon will be extradited after serving a four-month prison sentence in Montenegro. This sentence stems from charges related to document forgery.

Legal Background: 

Kwon's legal troubles began with his arrest in Montenegro in March, initially accused of attempting to leave the country with a fake passport. Following this, he was released on bail in May after a court approved $436,000 bail. In June, Kwon was sentenced to four months in prison for document forgery. Despite an appeal, the court upheld the decision earlier this month.

Global Attention and Interpol Notice: 

Kwon gained international attention in September 2022 when Interpol issued a red notice for him. This notice was linked to the collapse of TerraUSD and Luna in May 2022, causing a staggering $40 billion loss in investor wealth within days.

Co-founder's Legal Entanglements: 

In a separate incident, Terraform Labs' co-founder Daniel Shin was indicted in South Korea in April for violating capital markets laws. This led to the freezing of $185 million in assets. Shin, who distanced himself from the Terra collapse, asserted that he had left the company two years prior to the incident.


The unfolding events underscore the intricate legal landscape surrounding Do Kwon, with potential extradition decisions poised to have significant ramifications on the global cryptocurrency community.


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