Do Kwon Plots SEC Trial Evasion in String of Delay Tactics

The Terraform Labs co-founder and his lawyers seek tactics to evade accountability, determined to fight tooth and nail against extradition.

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  • Former Terraform Labs CEO Do Kwon and his legal team are bolstering techniques to evade the looming SEC trial.
  • The High Court of Montenegro recently granted Do Kwon’s extradition approval.
  • Do Kwon’s legal team plans to appeal the extradition approval on the grounds that the decision is flawed.

Do Kwon, the co-founder and former CEO of Terraform Labs, has been thrust into the spotlight in recent weeks as his legal tussle with multiple regulatory authorities intensifies. On February 21, the United States scored a win against Kwon when the High Court of Montenegro approved his extradition to face trial for the 2022 Terra collapse, despite the numerous attempts by his legal team to dodge regulatory heat.

Persisting in their defiance, Kwon and his legal team are now aiming to ensure his absence from the upcoming US trial.

Do Kwon to Bunk SEC Trial?

According to a Tuesday report, a recently filed letter to the Manhattan federal court has disclosed that the former CEO will likely miss the commencement of his civil trial with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is scheduled to kickstart on March 25, 2024.


The decision hinges on Kwon’s legal team’s unwillingness to request an adjournment of the trial date, irrespective of the timing of his extradition.

The report came on the heels of the assertion by Kwon’s lawyer, Goran Rodic, that the extradition approval by the court is “illegal” and flawed with “numerous mistakes,” which will once again be appealed in the Podgorica Appellate court.

“We are convinced that this illegal decision cannot hold before the Appellate Court, just as the previous two didn’t," Rodic stated in a Bloomberg interview.

This represents another tactic in the lawyers’ efforts to shield the Terra co-founder from the ongoing pursuit of justice for the 2022 financial collapse.

Do Kwon’s Fugitive Lifestyle

Despite refuting the allegations against him, Do Kwon has been on the run since the Terra Luna collapse, deploying numerous stunts to evade regulatory authorities.


In June 2023, Kwon was arrested and convicted by the Montenegrin Basic Court for falsifying travel documents and sentenced to four months in prison. While incarcerated, extradition attempts stemmed from both the United States and South Korea, seeking to hold the controversial crypto mogul for his crimes.

The request was officially approved by the High Court of Podgorica in November 2023, granting Kwon’s exit. However, in a bid to stall the process, Kwon filed an appeal with the Appellate Court, scoring a victory and buying more time to delay his fate.

Kwon’s victory was short-lived when the court again signed his approval to the United States. Undeterred, Do Kwon hit the approval with another counter, marking his second victory in his string tactic to delay his fate.

Do Kwon remains held in Montenegro and faces up to 40 years behind bars if convicted of the SEC’s charges. Additionally, the disgraced crypto mogul is wanted by the Singaporean government on criminal charges.

On the Flipside

  • A Montenegrin official stated that the Feb 21 extradition approval by Montenegro was also politically motivated as part of the country’s efforts to establish a functional extradition agreement with the United States.
  • Former Terraform Labs’ CFO and Do Kwon’s aide Han Chang-joon was extradited to South Korea from Montenegro on February 5, also facing criminal charges.
  • In April 2023, the South Korean government froze Do Kwon’s assets.

Why This Matters

The Terra Luna collapse triggered a major financial loss for the crypto industry, and regulatory authorities are determined to ensure accountability by bringing Do Kwon to justice. Further attempts by his legal team to dodge the system can only delay the inevitable and complicate the potential consequences he faces.

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Discover more about Do Kwon’s evasive techniques here:
Do Kwon Scores Victory in Extradition Request Appeal 

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Grace Abidemi

Grace Abidemi, a cryptocurrency reporter at DailyCoin, covers industry developments and trends. She previously worked as a freelance writer. With a Bachelor's degree in German Language and certifications in marketing and storytelling, Grace creates engaging content. When not working, she's in Nigeria, mastering cooking and canvas painting, and enjoys learning about different cultures and languages.