On the allegations that he stole 1.1 million bitcoin (BTC) from Dave Kleiman, Craig Wright has been ordered to appear personally at mediation to address the court.
Craig had requested permission to appear by video-conference, arguing that physically attending the courtroom would have caused him “unjustifiable hardship.”
However, his motion was opposed by the plaintiffs, who argued that the discovery already performed so far in the case delivered “sufficient information to fairly evaluate the claims at issue.” The court sided with the plaintiffs, with Judge Beth Bloom ruling:
“Personal appearance by the parties will promote meaningful participation at mediation.”
As a result, Wright has now been ordered to attend the next mediation session on June 18.
The Australian entrepreneur is accused of stealing bitcoin from the estate of Kleiman, a cryptodeveloper who passed away in 2013. Kleiman’s family allege that up to 1.1 million BTC was taken, which would be worth just shy of $9 billion at press time.
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