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Sam Bankman-Fried, the notorious cryptocurrency entrepreneur and former CEO of FTX, will stand trial on the unique eight legal fees, according to U.S. prosecutors. The transfer opens up the chance for the Bahamas to convey forth any fees to the trade’s favourite former CEO.
The trial is ready to start out on February 6, 2024, within the U.S. District Courtroom in New York.
The fees towards Bankman-Fried had been introduced in November 2023, accusing him of market manipulation, wire fraud and cash laundering, amongst different offenses. He was arrested in the Bahamas and extradited to the USA, all whereas “advocating” for himself on his Twitter Spaces and interview tour.
The Division of Justice said that “the Authorities has proceeded on this case in accordance with Article 14 of the extradition treaty between the USA and the Bahamas.” This may give the Bahamas an opportunity “nicely prematurely of the trial date” to approve SBF’s trial in the USA earlier than transferring ahead with its personal fees — if determined upon — as:
“there isn’t a foundation to dismiss the extra counts within the superseding indictment.”
The prosecutors added that whereas it’s unsure if the Bahamas will observe by with its fees towards Bankman-Fried, “the [U.S.] Authorities is ready to proceed to trial as scheduled on the counts contained within the authentic Indictment, and to consent to discretionary severance of the extra counts.” The prosecution additional clarified that “the submitting of a superseding indictment doesn’t violate the rule of specialty,” which means that the Bahamas are nicely of their extraditing treaty rights to file fees towards SBF and the courts await the response of the Caribbean island.
The authorized crew representing the previous FTX CEO had beforehand sought to reduce the charges, arguing that 10 out of the 13 fees introduced upon Bankman-Fried had been redundant. Regardless of the unique eight fees standing, the courts ordered “Counts 4, Six, 9, Ten, and 13 severed from the remaining counts within the Indictment,” particularly stating that rely 13 was “moot.”
On the time of writing, neither Bankman-Fried nor FTX has commented publicly on the prosecutors’ newest determination.