JAN 24, 2024
3AC Co-founder offers unusual perspective on Singapore prison time
Su Zhu, the co-founder of the now-defunct Singaporean crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC), raised some eyebrows within the crypto community recently, having shared unconventional thoughts on his time spent in a Singaporean prison.
Zhu’s arrest took place in October of last year in Singapore, where he was apprehended while attempting to flee. Liquidators of 3AC had tipped off police in the city-state that Zhu was going to Changi airport, a number of days after they had secured a court order against him for failing to cooperate with their efforts to wind up the company. Alongside his business partner, Kyle Davies, Zhu was sentenced to four months in prison for contempt of court following a committal order.
Clips from an unreleased podcast were published on social media on Monday, in which Zhu referred to his time in prison as an “enjoyable experience overall.” In the video podcast, Zhu expressed gratitude for his incarceration, even going so far as to claim that he had the “best sleep” of his life while behind bars.
Zhu suggested that everyone should have the opportunity to experience prison at least once, believing it to be a beneficial and enlightening experience. He provided insights into his daily life during incarceration, emphasizing the simplicity of entertainment and drawing parallels with activities from “ancient days.”
The disgraced crypto boss discussed the routines and privileges within the prison facility, including access to ample reading material, opportunities for exercise and a structured diet. He highlighted the ability to read books and engage in physical activities like push-ups during his time in prison.
What particularly impressed Zhu was the quality of sleep in the prison environment. He also found a sense of connection with his ancestors through the use of mats instead of beds.
Crypto community response
Crypto users on various platforms responded with mixed feelings toward Zhu’s philosophical insights. Some viewed his perspective with skepticism, while others found humor in the apparent contrast between his experiences and traditional notions of imprisonment.
Taking to the X social media platform, pseudonymous crypto restructuring lawyer “Wassielawyer” wrote:
”Singapore prison is widely regarded as one of the shittiest prisons you can find in a first world country. And the man made it sound like a 5-star mindfulness retreat everyone needs to go on in order to revitalize mind, body and soul. Man is blessed with a superpower…”
The hedge fund collapsed in June 2022, resulting in over $3.5 billion in losses for investors, making it one of the largest hedge-fund trading losses ever. Zhu and fellow 3AC founder Kyle Davies have been active online over the course of the past year, despite their whereabouts largely remaining unknown during that time.
The duo have launched a new crypto exchange and bankruptcy claims platform called Open Exchange (OPNX). However, their troubles continue, as liquidator Teneo seeks to recover $1.3 billion directly from the founders, alleging misuse of investor funds after 3AC became insolvent. In September, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) prohibited both from floating regulated investments for nine years. Teneo has estimated a 46% recovery rate in respect of creditor claims.