Do Kwon of Terra blames Chinese-named agency for fake passports.
The founder and CEO of Terraform Labs, Do Kwon, told a court in Montenegro that he did not know the “fake” travel documents he was allegedly trying to leave the country with were forged and blamed a “Chinese-named agency.” According to South Korean media outlets Segye Ilbo and MBN, Kwon said in a district court in Podgorica, Montenegro that he had received all of his reportedly forged travel documents, including a Costa Rica passport, through “agencies.”
“I received my Costa Rica passport after filling in the documents required by a Singapore agency that was recommended to me by a friend. I received my Belgian passport through another agency.”
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Kwon claimed that he had “trusted” the agency “because it was recommended” to him “by a trustworthy friend.” But Kwon failed to name the agency when questioned by the prosecution. Instead, Kwon claimed that the agency had a “Chinese name,” but that he could not “remember exactly” what it was called.
LUNC prices were relatively stable on June 18 as the news of the court appearance broke.
In May, Kwon was arrested along with Terraform’s former chief financial officer Han Chong-joon as they were allegedly attempting to board a plane bound for the UAE. Kwon and Han have been charged with traveling on forged documents, charges which they both deny. But both are wanted in their native South Korea on fraud charges.
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Kwon shuttered his South Korean businesses and appears to have fled the country shortly before the collapse of Terra ecosystem coins over a year ago.
During his latest court appearance, Kwon also “insisted on the innocence” of Han, asking the court:
“If somebody needs to be punished for [using a] fake passport, let that be me alone.”
Kwon has applied for bail twice, while prosecutors in South Korea, the US, and Singapore have asked him to be extradited to face charges. But as Montenegro and South Korea have never signed an extradition treaty, deporting Kwon may prove tricky.
Earlier this month, a Higher Court representative told reporters:
“The judge of the Higher Court has ordered [that Kwon and Han] be detained for six months following the opening of an extradition case at the request of South Korea.”