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韩国将举办比特币拍卖会,首次承认数字货币经济价值

据当地媒体报道,韩国政府将会举办首次公开的比特币拍卖会,拍卖犯罪收益所得的比特币。政府的这一举动预示着该国首次承认了比特币的经济价值。

韩国政府的首次比特币拍卖

据当地媒体本周三的报道,韩国资产管理公司(KAMCO)决定拍卖216个在4月份从犯罪所得中没收的比特币。KAMCO是韩国政府所有的资产管理公司,它负责管理国有财产、收缴滞纳税款以及购买和解决金融机构的不良贷款。

自从没收了这批比特币之后,这一机构就一直在考虑如何进行处置,因为之前并未有先例。本周三,某位KAMCO官员在接受采访时表示:

首场虚拟货币拍卖即将举行,但具体流程和证券拍卖类似,只不过价格产生了变化。

这216个比特币是南京畿道省警察局在今年4月从某“淫秽”网站中没收的,该网站从120万名会员手中获得了约17亿韩元的非法收益。这是该国调查机构首次以犯罪收益的名义没收的数字货币。

自从这些比特币被没收之后,币价至少翻了一倍。据韩国比特币交易所Korbit的数据显示,这批比特币的价格从2.6亿韩元涨到了6.73亿韩元(大约59.65万美元)。

承认比特币的经济价值

根据韩国刑事诉讼法规定,调查机构没收之后的资产上交法院就会成为国家的财产。接着被没收的资产就会被估值,并进行拍卖转交财政部。检方某官员表示:

由于国家持有这部分资产的所有权,资产被没收之后,包括检方和警方在内的国家机构将会在资产管理公司的网站上出售这些资产的所有权。

这些拍卖中的比特币预计会收取2000万韩元的费用或者3%的收益。相关费用将直接从余额中扣除,余下的部分再转移到财政部。

KAMCO解释道:

房地产和证券不同于法币,是受到总统令监管的,因此他们可以通过总统令进行发售。而虚拟货币是可以进行公开拍卖的,这样处置是合理的。

检方代表指出:

一旦检方参与比特币拍卖,社会上对虚拟货币是否应该被承认的争议事实上也会终止。

报道中还提到:

随着公开拍卖流程的推进,国家调查机构和公共部门将会成为首批正式承认虚拟货币经济价值政府组织。

The South Korean government will hold its first public auction of bitcoins that were seized from criminal proceeds, according to local publications. In doing so, the economic value of bitcoin will be recognized by the country for the first time.

Korean Government’s First Public Bitcoin Auction

The Korea Asset Management Corporation (KAMCO) has decided to auction off 216 bitcoins of criminal proceeds seized in April, according to local publications on Wednesday. KAMCO is a government-owned asset management company in South Korea. It manages state-owned properties, collects overdue taxes, as well as purchases and resolves non-performing loans of financial institutions.

Since seizing bitcoins, the organization has been contemplating what to do with the digital currency since there was no precedence. On Wednesday, MSN Korea quoted a KAMCO official saying (loosely translated):

It is the first time a virtual money auction will be held, but it seems to be similar to stocks that have changed prices.

The 216 bitcoins were confiscated in April by the Southern Gyeonggi Provincial Police Agency from an operator of an “obscene” website which had generated about 1.7 billion won from 1.2 million members. It was the first time a domestic investigative agency seized digital currency as a criminal profit.

Subsequently, the price of bitcoin has more than doubled since the seizure. Its value rose from 260 million won to 673 million won (approximately $596,500 USD) at press time on popular Korean bitcoin exchange Korbit.

Recognizing Economic Value of Bitcoin

According to South Korean Criminal Procedure Law, when a court confiscates an asset from an investigative agency, it becomes the property of the state, The Seoul Economic Daily explains. If forfeited, the asset will be valued and auctioned off to the treasury. An official of the prosecution conveyed (loosely translated):

Since the state has ownership rights to the asset, if it is forfeited, the state agency, such as the prosecution or the police, will be able to publicize the object for sale on the website of the Asset Management Corporation with ownership rights.

The commission on this bitcoin auction is estimated to be about 20 million won or 3% of the proceeds. It will be deducted from the balance and the remainder transferred to the treasury.

“Real estate and securities other than legal currency are regulated by the presidential decree so that they can be sold by the presidential decree,” KAMCO explained. “Virtual currencies are not included in the public auction exemption, so it is possible to dispose of it.”

The representative of the prosecution noted, “once the prosecution goes to a bitcoin auction, the social controversy over whether or not virtual currency should be recognized is actually over,” The Seoul Economic Daily reported. MSN Korea added (loosely translated):

As the public auction process proceeds, domestic investigators and public institutions will be the first to officially recognize the economic value of virtual money.


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