The move comes just one day after the crypto executive’s arrest on Dec. 12.
According to local sources, on Dec. 13, crypto executive Sam Bankman-Fried’s (SBF) lawyers have requested bail in a Bahamas’ Magistrate Court after his arrest on Dec. 12 pending extradition request by U.S. authorities. The move comes after presiding judge Chief Magistrate JoyAnn Ferguson-Pratt stated earlier today that SBF had the right to request bail.
In supporting the application, the defense counsel for SBF argued that the 30-year-old crypto executive suffered from “depression” and “insomnia,” does not possess a criminal record, and did not flee the Bahamas despite “ample opportunity” to do so. Counsel representing SBF also claimed that their client hasn’t been taking medications, including “Adderall” and “anti-depressants” since his arrest. Lawyers also said that SBF doesn’t object to electronic monitoring or reporting to a local police station if granted bail.
Update Dec. 13 20:05pm UTC: Counsel for SBF has requested bail be set at $250,000 (Note, the Bahamian Dollar is pegged 1:1 to the U.S. Dollar)
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