• Do Kwon, the founder of TerraForm Labs, was recently arrested in Podgorica airport and is expected to face a long-term stay in Montenegro’s notorious prison system.
• Human rights activists have published research condemning Montenegro’s penal system for not meeting basic living standards.
• South Korea and the United States have both requested Do Kwon’s extradition, however Singaporean authorities are conducting a criminal investigation into him but haven’t sought his extradition.
Do Kwon Arrested at Podgorica Airport
Do Kwon, founder of TerraForm Labs, was recently captured in Podgorica airport last week. Both South Korea and the United States requested Do Kwon’s extradition. A local lawyer says that Do Kwon is due for a long-year stay in a Montenegrin prison.
Inhumane Conditions In Montenegrin Prisons
The infamous crypto fugitive Do Kwon might be headed for an extended stay in one of Montenegro’s notorious prisons. This was revealed during an inquiry with a local criminal defense lawyer, who confirmed that after the ten days of quarantine, criminals are transferred to a general population facility. In 2020, human rights activists published research about the inhumane state of Montenegrin prisons which condemned the Balkan nation’s penal system for not meeting basic living standards. For instance, around ten detainees are kept in an eight square meter room – in such cases, at least half of them don’t even have a bed to lie in. The only time prisoners can leave their small room is when they’re allowed to walk around the prison block for half an hour during which they can buy cigarettes and coffee from the prison shop.
Extradition Delayed By Competition Between Countries
South Korean and United States authorities have already submitted documents requesting Do Kwon’s extradition yet Justice Minister Marko Kovac announced at Wednesday’s press conference that this process may be delayed due to competition between countries trying to get a piece of Do Kwon as Singaporean authorities also launched a criminal investigation into him but haven’t requested his extradition yet either.
Luxurious Life Before Arrest
Upon arrest, it became apparent how much different life would now be for Do Kwan who had grown accustomed to luxurious living conditions; he uttered upon arrest that he and his friend „received VIP treatment“ everywhere they went.