FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) SBF’s local lawyer had a difficult day in court on Monday, according to numerous reports that said he appeared to be at odds with his U.S. legal team. The SBF had been asleep for a long time and had to be awakened by an official.
After spending nearly a week in Fox Hill Prison, SBF’s court days have not gone so smoothly
According to many reports on Monday, Sam Bankman- Fried (SBF) was returned to Fox Hill Prison after a “series of turmoil” in court,according to local island media publication The Tribune. SBF’s local attorney, Jerone Roberts, “seemed to be at odds with [SBF’s] US legal team,” The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported the same day.
Tribune and other reports detailed that the SBF had told the judge that it had not yet seen his US indictment. Roberts is said to have been unaware that his client SBF was due to appear in court on Monday as well.
The Tribune,New York Times, WSJ, and Reuters all reported that SBF lawyers have named his FTX co-founder to the United States. According to reports, Bankman-Fried said he only spoke twice with Judge Shaka Serville throughout the hearing.
At one point, SBF supposedly closed his eyes and fell asleep during the hearing, only to be forced to wake him up by one of his court officials. A “Reuters witness” told the publication that the SBF was allowed to speak to US lawyers by phone.
Various reports claimed that Bankman-Fried was “visibly shaken” in court. “SBF is in a blue suit, white shirt, dress in his shoes and in great disarray,” NBC reporter Ezra Kaplanwrote. “He was often seen holding his head in his hands, his knees shaking, and holding a manila folder. }
Franklin Williams, deputy chief of legal affairs in the Bahamas, called the court proceedings “incredible” and said the SBF would consider his indictment before deciding whether to extradite him. By the end of the chaotic ordeal, SBF was led into a black modified van with paperwork.
His legal team in the United States said Tuesday I hope everything will be resolved by After the SBF left the courtroom, his Bahamian lawyer Roberts said that as far as extradition was concerned, “lawyers will prepare the necessary paperwork to open the court.”
Bahamian Magistrate Serville remanded him to Fox Hill Prison after telling the media that the SBF’s appearance in court on Monday was essentially a “wasted day.” After reading his indictment, a person familiar with the matter told the WSJ that the SBF had “agreed to the extradition” and that “a plan is being fleshed out by his legal team following court proceedings that day.” Told.
Roberts further told his Eyewitness News, a local near the entrance of his Cay in Arawak on Long His Wharf in the Bahamas, telling reporters: . [for extradition], he added that he hopes the SBF will be returned to court this week. }
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