Interpol seeks arrest of failed crypto-firm boss Do Kwon


Interpol has requested legislation enforcement businesses worldwide to search out and arrest Do Kwon, founding father of the failed cryptocurrency Terra.

BBC Korean says a purple discover has been issued for the 31-year-old, who’s accused of fraud over the corporate’s $40 billion collapse.

An arrest warrant was issued in his native South Korea earlier this month.

Do Kwon flew to Singapore in May – earlier than Terra crashed – however the authorities say he is not there.

South Korean prosecutors had requested Interpol to position him on the purple discover checklist – a request it has now complied with – and requested the overseas ministry in Seoul to revoke his passport, saying that Do Kwon was “on the run”.

He has denied that he’s in hiding, however has not revealed his whereabouts.

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Prosecutors have additionally issued arrest warrants for 5 different individuals – who haven’t been named – linked to the so-called stablecoin Terra and its sister token Luna.

Stablecoins are designed to have a comparatively fastened value and are often pegged to a real-world commodity or forex – however Terra’s worth collapsed throughout this 12 months’s wider cryptocurrency crash.

The Terra Luna system collapsed in May, with the worth of each tokens plummeting to near zero, and the fallout hitting the broader crypto-market.

From a $116 excessive in April, a Terra coin is now price lower than $0.0002.

Globally, buyers within the two cash misplaced an estimated $42 billion, in line with blockchain analytics agency Elliptic.

Some buyers misplaced their life financial savings, and South Korean authorities have opened a number of prison probes into the crash.