Do Kwon appeal claims lawyers had 20 mins to review docs before hearing

In yet another appeal against his extradition, Do Kwon has accused a Montenegrin court of “bizarre interpretations” and failing to give his defense team access to important documents until 20 minutes before a Supreme Court hearing.

Montenegro’s High Court approved Do’s extradition earlier this month before the country’s Minister of Justice was left to decide if he should be extradited to the United States or South Korea.

Do’s team reportedly appealed against the High Court’s decision on Tuesday, calling it “unfounded and illegal” and claiming that the court relied on “bizarre interpretations of the law,” specifically around international legal assistance.

They also argued the final decision was made “with the aim of using bare force, in order to support the undisguised interests of the first instance court and the Minister of Justice.”

Do Kwon says false information was used to favor US extradition

Do’s appeal claims that ‘traces of false information’ were given to the Justice Minister that changed the dates of the extradition requests to favor the US’s claim against South Korea. As a result, they say Do’s extradition should “absolutely and one hundred percent give priority to Korea.”

Additionally, Do’s lawyers say documents detailing a request for the protection of legality were handed to his defense team 20 minutes before Supreme Court proceedings, giving them no opportunity to present arguments in time. They also accuse the Supreme Court of violating Protocol 7 of the European Court of Human Rights when it overruled the previous decision on his extradition. 

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The US State Department recently suggested that Montenegro’s government doesn’t effectively apply the law when it comes to “the criminal punishment of cases of corruption among officials.”

It comes as the US found Do liable for civil fraud charges this month. The Securities and Exchange Commission wants Do, Terraform Labs, and both Avron Elbaum and Donald Battle to pay fines of $100 million, $420 million, and $5 billion respectively. 

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