Craig Wright Claims ‘Attorney Privilege’ In Tulip Trust Case On 11,000 Crucial Documents
- Kleiman vs Wright case took a new turn as Craig Wright, “Faketoshi”, claims attorney-client privilege.
- The defendant has claimed attorney privilege over 11,000 documents released to him by a third party.
- Kleiman’s lawyers claim abuse of privilege by Craig Wright in settling the $10 billion USD lawsuit.
The prolonged Kleiman vs Wright case has taken yet another turn as the defendant raised a plight of attorney-client privilege after failing to provide the alleged bonded courier. Craig Wright (defendant), self-proclaimed “Satoshi”, stated in court earlier this year, that he had received a bonded courier with over 11,000 Bitcoin addresses from a third party. However, when the court ordered him to produce the documents, Craig's legal team is claiming attorney-client privilege on the documents.
Furthermore, the defendant claims the bonded courier is a lawyer hence no information can be shared in court yet. This back-and-forth from Craig’s camp has seen the Kleiman estate file for abuse of privilege by the defendant. The statement from Kleiman’s counsel read,
“Craig [Wright] has improperly withheld documents as privileged.”
Wright told the courts multiple times that he was awaiting a bonded courier to arrive in early January with the documents that will help him access the encrypted files. The files would then offer access to the 1.1 million Bitcoins (~$10 billion dollars) in the wallet. This is known as the Tulip Trust, which is largely controlled by Wright.
Since expiration of the court deadline to produce the files, Craig has been on the edge with the latest court hearing on February 3rd, witnessing “Faketoshi” claiming attorney privilege.
Craig used 18 companies listed by the Kleiman’s counsel to claim privilege. The lawyers released a statement reporting,
“Based on that investigation, plaintiffs [has] determined that all but two companies and Nchain have already ceased to exist; and those two are in the process of being liquidated by an external administrator in Australia.”
Notwithstanding, the self-proclaimed founder of Bitcoin, further claimed privilege on the bonded courier that brought the 11,000 files saying the courier is a lawyer. This means the lawyer cannot testify in court on the matter with the lawyer’s communication privileged.