Korea Says Interpol Red-Listed Terra’s Do Kwon


Do Kwon, co-founder of Terraform Labs, is wanted on charges linked to the $60 billion wipeout of cryptocurrencies he built, according to a report from South Korea’s Interpol.

Prosecutors in Seoul sent out a text message on Monday saying that Kwon had been given a Red Notice by the Interpol agency, the latest shameful chapter in the $2 trillion rout in digital assets that revealed enormously hazardous activities.

Kwon and five others have been charged with offences by South Korean authorities, including violations of capital-markets legislation. While it was known that Kwon had relocated from South Korea to Singapore this year to establish an office for Terraform Labs, the precise whereabouts of the man became murky when Singapore said on September 17 that he was no longer in the country. As a result, investigators from the prosecution have ramped up their search for him.

TerraUSD is an algorithmic stablecoin created by Terraform Labs, which also created the companion currency Luna. In May, both currencies crashed, sending the cryptocurrency market into a tailspin that was already weak from the Fed’s tightening of the money supply.

As of yet, digital assets have not recovered, and authorities across the world are examining the rubble for clues on how to prevent a repetition. Once-fervent support for cryptocurrencies in South Korea is gradually giving way to widespread contempt.

What Was Before Interpol Enter the Game

Three Arrows Capital was a successful cryptocurrency hedge fund until its demise in the wake of Terra’s fall and the larger market crash. Lenders and brokers including Voyager Digital Ltd. and Celsius Network Ltd. also felt the effects of the contagion.

After Kwon fled to Singapore, South Korean prosecutors filed an arrest order for him, citing circumstantial proof of flight. The fact that he was allegedly helping them was also disputed.

After TerraUSD failed, the Terra community was torn apart. Terra Luna Classic and TerraClassic USD are the renamed versions of the original tokens. Meanwhile, Kwon launched a second Terra chain, this time with a new Luna as its only token.

CoinGecko stats reveal that the new Luna cryptocurrency has lost 16% of its value in the past 24 hours. It seems that over 20% of Luna Classic has been lost. Even though TerraUSD has never regained its dollar peg, it is still traded on certain exchanges at an almost 14% discount.

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