Wife of Craig Wright Requested to Testify Under Oath for Ongoing Kleiman Vs Wright Satoshi Case
It would appear that it might take a while to hear the last of Craig Wright’s many court cases. The controversial creator of the 9th largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, Bitcoin SV, has been enmeshed in his Kleiman v. Wright case which has gained some popularity so far. Now, a new development might see Wright’s wife being called to the stand to testify.
Let’s Involve Family
Judge Bruce Reinhart, the presiding judge over the current case has made his case in a letter dated Monday the 22nd of July and addressed to the British Queens Court. The request headlined as “REQUEST FOR INTERNATIONAL JUDICIAL ASSISTANCE” requests that three individuals including Wright’s wife, Ramona Watts, be called to the stand. The letter suggests that all the named individuals may help the case move forward as they may have evidence strong enough. The letter also mentions that Wright had previously spoken about Watts during the proceedings and has described to her how the Bitcoins were mined before the two got married.
For Watts, Reinhart believes that she is familiar with certain aspects of the case since she is not only his wife but also an official business associate. She is expected to testify regarding certain non-privileged statements Wright made while explaining specifics including his mining activity and the Tulip Trust. The letter notably mentions that the requested parties can refuse to testify if the information called upon from them was shared within certain confines or in Watts’ case, might cause her to be in breach, regarding their marriage.
Furthermore, Watts is expected to testify about W&K Info Defense Research, a company formed in 2011 by the late Dave Kleiman and Uyen Nguyen, the company’s former director. Watts is also asked to confirm or deny Wright’s claim that he had absolutely nothing to do with the firm and is not in communication with the former director. This is all because Kleiman has accused Wright of fabricating correspondences that claim Dave specifically chose the former director
“in an effort to facilitate [Craig Wright’s] theft of W&K’s property.”
Ira Kleiman, the complainant, initiated the case against the self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, for a few things including fraud, breach of partnership, and civil theft among others. Ira is the brother of Dave Kleiman who used to be Wright’s partner and is now accusing Wright of dishonestly taking complete possession of all the Bitcoins allegedly mined jointly with Dave. The exact amount of Bitcoins they both mined is currently unclear but according to Kleiman, the estate at the beginning of the proceedings was worth about $5 billion and so should be able to pay the requested 300,000 bitcoins.
The other parties involved in the case and who have been called to testify along with Ramona Watts are Andrew O’Hagan and Robert MacGregor.
O’Hagan wrote a supposed biography of Satoshi Nakamoto called The Satoshi Affair and he’s been called to provide
“statements made, or documents provided, by anyone interviewed in connection with the drafting of The Satoshi Affair that relate to Satoshi Nakamoto, the creation of Bitcoin, Dave Kleiman, W&K Info Defense Research, the Tulip Trusts, the bitcoin allegedly mined by Craig and/or Dave, and the intellectual property alleged to have been created by Craig and/or Dave.”
Robert MacGregor on the other hand supposedly bought Satoshi’s life rights and is also expected to testify and also provide any statements that might pertain to the case or as described above, for O’Hagan.
At a date and time agreed on by the parties involved, the three witnesses are expected to appear at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in London, for the proceedings.