Khalid El-Turk continues to fight extradition

vlcsnap-2013-04-05-19h40m21s152Lebanese Belizean Khalid El-Turk continues to fight extradition to the United States where he is wanted for pseudoephedrine trafficking. Yesterday, he was back in court as counsel Edwin Flowers SC and Anthony Sylvestre petitioned Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith to discharge their client from the proceedings on three grounds. Flowers and Sylvestre argued that importation of pseudoephedrine and conspiracy for such importation are not crimes currently listed in the Laws of Belize as they are in the U.S., and under Belize’s extradition treaty with that country it is required that both countries proscribe the offence in question. Second, they claim that mandatory requirements were not met in relation to documents provided by the U.S. Government for the extradition process making them irregular. Finally, they note that the witness statement relied on by the U.S. has no signature, allegedly because the eyewitnesses who gave it wishes to remain anonymous to protect themselves. But the Senior Counsel argued that signature of witness statements is mandatory in our law to provide the defendant’s right to face his accuser. The case has been adjourned to April 22 while the court awaits a response from Crown Counsels Magali Perdomo and Illiana Swift in the Solicitor General’s Office.

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