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Tokyo court orders start of Mt. Gox liquidation

Published on Apr 24, 2014 5:30 PM

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo District Court ordered liquidation to begin at failed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, the company said on Thursday, after the bankruptcy administrator said on April 16 that it would be difficult to rehabilitate the firm.

Mt. Gox, once the largest bitcoin exchange in the world, filed for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 28, saying that 750,000 of its customers' bitcoins had been taken from the exchange due to a security flaw in its code, as well as 100,000 belonging to the exchange. It also said that US$27 million was missing from its bank accounts.

A document uploaded onto its website and signed by bankruptcy administrator, attorney Nobuaki Kobayashi, said that he would conduct an investigation regarding the liability of the representative director of the company, Mark Karpeles, regarding the missing assets.

The document also said that a creditors' meeting would take place on July 23.

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