Do Kwon, currently in custody in Montenegro and potentially awaiting extradition to the United States or South Korea, will reportedly face harsh conditions in the country’s penal system.
According to a March 29 Protos report, an unnamed criminal defense lawyer said conditions at Montenegro’s jails and prisons “haven’t changed” from those described in a 2020 human rights report from the U.S. State Department. The report cited a case in which prison officers had been convicted of torturing and “inflicting grievous bodily harm” on 11 inmates in 2015, as well as other “poor” conditions in some of Montenegro’s prisons due to overcrowding and lack of medical care.
Citing reports from the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the State Department said many prisoners had been confined to overcrowded cells for roughly 23 hours a day, with some reports of violence between inmates. Kwon could be facing “at least a year” in such conditions as Montenegro considers extradition requests, depending on the outcome of his criminal case over allegedly forged travel documents.
“Rooms are 8 meters squared and very crowded,” the lawyer reportedly said. “There’s about 10 to 11 people in a room — there’s usually not even a bed.“
This is a developing story, and further information will be added as it becomes available.