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U.S. decide rejects bail proposal for FTX founder Bankman-Fried By Reuters



© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Former FTX Chief Govt Sam Bankman-Fried, who faces fraud fees over the collapse of the bankrupt cryptocurrency alternate, arrives on the day of a listening to at Manhattan federal courtroom in New York Metropolis, U.S. January 3, 2023. REUTERS/David

By Luc Cohen and Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) -A federal decide on Tuesday rejected a proposal to switch Sam Bankman-Fried’s bail circumstances, regardless of an settlement between the FTX cryptocurrency alternate founder and prosecutors to deal with potential witness tampering considerations.

U.S. District Decide Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan didn’t present causes for the denial, and stated a listening to on bail stays scheduled for Feb. 9.

A spokesman for Bankman-Fried declined to remark. The workplace of U.S. Lawyer Damian Williams in Manhattan additionally declined to remark.

Bankman-Fried, 30, has been free on $250 million bond and dwelling in Palo Alto, California, along with his mother and father, who assured the bond, since pleading not responsible to looting billions of {dollars} from the now-bankrupt FTX.

On Tuesday afternoon, he formally appealed Kaplan’s Jan. 30 ruling granting a request by 11 media retailers together with Reuters to disclose the names of two different folks guaranteeing his bail.

Bankman-Fried has stated his mother and father, each Stanford Regulation College professors, had been harassed and obtained bodily threats since FTX’s collapse, and there was “critical trigger for concern” the extra guarantors would possibly undergo related remedy.

Prosecutors had requested final month to tighten bail, citing Bankman-Fried’s efforts to contact each the final counsel of the FTX U.S. affiliate and new FTX Chief Govt John Ray, ostensibly to supply help.

Their proposed circumstances would forestall Bankman-Fried from speaking with most workers of FTX or his Alameda Analysis hedge fund with out attorneys current, or utilizing encrypted messaging apps resembling Sign.

On Monday, Bankman-Fried’s lawyer Mark Cohen stated his shopper and prosecutors would permit communications with a selected set of workers, pending Kaplan’s approval.

That settlement would additionally ban Bankman-Fried from utilizing Sign, however let him talk by telephone, electronic mail, textual content message, Zoom and FaceTime, in addition to WhatsApp if he put in monitoring know-how.

Bankman-Fried would have additionally withdrawn his objection to a bail situation stopping him from accessing FTX, Alameda or cryptocurrency belongings.

His attorneys had initially proposed banning contact solely with sure potential witnesses like former Alameda chief Caroline Ellison and former FTX know-how chief Zixiao “Gary” Wang, who’ve pleaded responsible to fraud and are cooperating with prosecutors.

Individually, prosecutors on Tuesday requested one other decide to placed on maintain Securities and Alternate Fee and Commodity Futures Buying and selling Fee civil lawsuits towards Bankman-Fried till the legal case ended.

They cited the circumstances’ substantial overlap, and the chance Bankman-Fried may collect proof within the civil circumstances to assist his legal protection.



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