Craig Wright Brings Defamation Charges Against Bitcoin.com’s Roger Ver in Antigua and Barbuda

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  • Self-proclaimed Bitcoin inventor Craig Wright’s team has filed a lawsuit with the Antigua and Barbuda High Court against the Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver.
  • It all began with a video on Bitcoin.com’s YouTube channel, which featured Ver calling self-proclaimed Bitcoin creator Craig Wright a  ‘liar and fraud’.
  • “Craig Wright is a liar and fraud. So sue me. Again,” Ver had declared in one of his youtube videos which are now off the internet.

CoinGeek reports that  Craig Wright’s team has filed a defamation claim with the Antigua and Barbuda High Court against the Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver. The latter has recently acquired Antiguan citizenship courtesy of the sovereign state’s Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP).

Craig Wright: Self-Proclaimed Creator of Bitcoin

Since 2016, Craig Wright has been resorting to cryptographic proof to testify that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin. The claim was met with severe criticism, scepticism and raised some really uncomfortable questions for him. For instance, White Ops Chief Scientist Dan Kaminsky alleged that Craig was the “world’s first cryptographically provable con artist.” A legal dispute is currently on to testify Craig’s claim that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, one made primarily on the basis of his ownership of many Bitcoin addresses active during the initial days and presumably, directly linked to the creator. To settle the controversy, the court decided to move ahead with a trial by jury in June this year.

Who’s the real liar and fraud?

It all began with a video on Bitcoin.com’s YouTube channel, which featured Ver calling self-proclaimed Bitcoin creator Craig Wright a  ‘liar and fraud’. Not stopping at the allegations, he also went on to dare Wright to sue him again. The video was removed after Ver was informed that posting libelous material is a punishable offense in Japan, where he was based.

Wright had filed a similar claim in the English High Court earlier, but it was struck down in 2019 on grounds that England and Wales were not appropriate jurisdictions for him to file a defamation case against Ver. The verdict was passed without addressing the validity of Wright’s claim.

Pro-Crime Acts by Roger Ver

Ver is currently in the process of being served, but Wright’s representatives say that he’s elusive. He has been allegedly instructed by his lawyer in Antigua not to make himself available for service with an intent to delay the proceedings.

As the report highlights, face-off with the law is not something Ver is unfamiliar with.  Back in 2002, the CEO of Bitcoin.com was imprisoned for selling explosives on eBay. He has also made many pro-crime statements and showed support for crime coins and other zero utility tokens which are used to manipulate markets and rob naive investors via unregulated exchanges.

Ver is also suspected to be a partner in the $722 million fraud scheme BitClub Network that solicited money from investors in exchange for shares of pooled investments in cryptocurrency mining.

Craig vs Ver: The Legal Road Ahead

Apparently, the legal threats are no deterrent for Ver who is still bombarding Wright and his ideas with scathing criticism. Such acts are being viewed as a tactic to censor Wright’s ideas and to stop the spread of knowledge about his technology. Bitcoin technology, as envisioned by Satoshi Nakamoto in the original Bitcoin whitepaper, exposes the current lie that token platforms cannot operate under existing laws.

It’s worth noting that Wright has been an Antiguan citizen since 2016, and the Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV) community has been rooting for the development of a regulatory friendly token ecosystem for Antigua for a long time now.  Fostering Roger Ver’s crime friendly model into its newly regulated jurisdiction would only hinder Antigua’s prospects for economic growth.

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