The request of Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, to not appear in court, was turned down by the court. The case in which he was involved, pertained to an accusation that he had stolen a significant number of bitcoin from a former associate.
As we had previously reported, a new lawsuit had been filed against him by his former business partner Dave Klieman which claimed Craig Wright forged Dave’s signature to steal billions of dollars worth of Bitcoins. The forged signatures were not even close to Dave’s actual signature.
Last month, a United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida issued an order on May 3, which compelled Wright to produce a list of his bitcoin public addresses. The order was brought about when the estate of computer scientist, David Kleiman filed a case against Wright, accusing the latter of stealing hundreds of thousands of BTC, which were more than $5 billion dollars in February last year.
The court had stated in its order, “Dr. Wright filed an unverified motion in which he identified a number of bitcoin public addresses that he mined. Although not delineated as a Motion for Protective Order, that is what the pleading is. Dr. Wright asserted that he does not have a complete list of the public addresses he owned on any date, including December 31, 2013. He further asserted that in 2011 he transferred ownership of all his bitcoin to a blind trust. Although he makes the conclusory statement that it would be unduly burdensome to produce a list of his bitcoin holdings as of December 31, 2013, this conclusion is not supported by facts.”
Now, the court has refused Wright to make his appearance through video conferencing. Judge Beth Bloom presiding – then sided with the plaintiffs, ordered Wright to appear. Judge Bloom said, “Personal appearance by the parties will promote meaningful participation at mediation.” The court order added that the mediation would take place on June 18.
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