December 14, 2022

Bankman-Fried could ultimate decide to return to the US, said Michael Zweiback, a Los Angeles-based criminal defense lawyer with extradition experience. He said many Americans choose to return rather than sit in a foreign jail. Though Bankman-Fried was living in a luxury penthouse in the Bahamas, there’s no guarantee he would be released on bail during the extradition process, Zweiback said.

“He can waive extradition and of course he will be placed in handcuffs and put on board a plane with an escort from the US Marshals Service and brought to La Guardia or JFK Airport and brought straight to the SDNY courthouse.” Zweiback said, referring to the Manhattan federal court.

“He can sign extradition paperwork tomorrow and be there within a week.”

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