Decision on extradition of Khalid Jamil El-Turk to the US set for June 28

vlcsnap-2013-05-20-19h34m02s56On June 28, Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith will make her determination as to whether Khalid Jamil El-Turk will be extradited to the United States to face criminal charges. El-Turk is wanted for conspiring to import pseudo-ephedrine, a compound used to make the illegal drug methampetamine, into the United States. The Government has tried to vary the terms of the extradition request stating that El-Turk is wanted for possession of metamphetamine with intent to traffic. But attorney Anthony Sylvestre argues that after they proved to the court that dealing with pseudo-ephedrine, a controlled drug, was not a criminal offense under Belize’s laws, the U.S. came with the variation. He contends that the U.S. and Belize Governments are trying to bring new evidence in by contending that metamphetamine, which is not listed in the Misuse of Drugs Act, and methyl amphetamine, which is, are one and the same. The testimony of the forensic chemist employed by the authorities gave no indication to this. It will all be decided by the end of next month, while El-Turk continues his stay in Hattieville.

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