But who does this million bitcoins (BTC) belong to? Faketoshi still on the grill of the US justice system
Explosive Trial Coming Soon – The case of Kleiman vs. Craig S. Wright will soon go to trial before a jury, despite all attempts by the defendant to avoid it. The self-proclaimed „Satoshi Nakamoto“ has (fortunately?) managed to avoid reading messages calling him a „fraudster“ and a „liar“.
An interminable litigation for imaginary Bitcoins?
Ira Kleiman has been on trial with Craig Wright since February 2018. He is the brother of the late David Kleiman, a former Wright partner. Ira is claiming half of the 1.1 million Bitcoins his brother allegedly mined before 2013 with Wright’s help.
Without going into the many details and twists and turns of this nearly 3-year long affair, Craig Wright claims to have (finally) received the keys to access what would be the equivalent of nearly $20 billion in bitcoin.
Craig Wright Bitcoin False Satoshi
On the other hand, this sum remains very theoretical for the moment. Indeed, some addresses supposed to contain Wright’s BTCs – addresses given by the latter – turned out to belong to others, who left him a message.
These messages, signed on blockchain by the real owners of the private keys, did not only contain politeness against the one nicknamed Faketoshi. Far from it!
Prejudicial“ remarks likely to influence the jury
We therefore return to the last judicial document of this case, published on November 16 by the Court of the Southern District of Florida.
Among the experts called to testify at Craig Wright’s trial, which is expected to begin next January, should be Andreas Antonopoulos, author of well-known books on Bitcoin.
He had to read aloud, in front of the jury, the contents of 145 of the above-mentioned signed blockchain messages, all of which contained the same text:
„Craig Steven Wright is a liar and a fraud. He does not have the keys used to sign this message (…) We are all Satoshi. »
Someone just signed a message calling Craig a fraud from 145 addresses Craig claimed were his in the Tulip Trust.
I verified the first few addresses on the list, and their signatures and presence on Craig’s list checks out.https://t.co/gwTy8GcmiF pic.twitter.com/4hHCKr8NCA
– Zectro (@Zectro1) May 25, 2020
Not very flattering. For this reason, on motion by the accused’s lawyers, the court ruled that these messages, too „prejudicial“, would not be read before the jury.
However, the court rejected Wright’s argument that Andreas Antonopoulos would not be qualified to testify about the price and forks of Bitcoin. The author of „Mastering Bitcoin“ will therefore be able to testify on these matters before the jury.
If the upcoming trial is anything like this long and crazy procedure, January 2021 will be a colorful spectacle for the cryptosphere. The experts of the plaintiff’s side may not miss the many „inaccuracies“ (not to say worse) of Craig Wright.