Sam Bankman-Fried, the jailed founder of bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX, has reportedly filed a new application for bail in the Bahamas Supreme Court following his previous unsuccessful bid for release.
Local media on Dec. 15 reported that the founder submitted the application and that it would be heard before the court in just over one month's time, on Jan. 17. However the report did not cite any sources.
Previously, on Dec. 13, Bankman-Fried’s lawyers had argued for him to be let out on bail set at $250,000 as he had no prior convictions and was suffering from depression and insomnia. The presiding judge denied bail, calling the crypto executive a flight risk.
Bankman-Fried is remanded at Fox Hill Prison, the only jail in the Bahamas. A 2021 U.S. State Department report said conditions at Fox Hill were “harsh” and overcrowded with poor medical care, sanitation and nutrition. Correctional officers were alleged to physically abuse detainees.
Extradition to the U.S. is on the cards as the Bahamian government has said it will “promptly” process any request. The FTX founder faces eight U.S. charges, including money laundering, wire fraud, and securities fraud.
The slew of charges could see Bankman-Fried land in jail for 115 years, but legal commentators have told Cointelegraph there is a “lot to play out,” saying the case could take years to resolve.