Rhett Fuller staves off extradition again

Today the Court of Appeal ordered Minister of Foreign Affairs and Attorney General Wilfred Elrington to reconsider his September 2011 decision to extradite businessman Rhett Allen Fuller to the United States to be tried for the murder of Larry Miller in 1990, which had been upheld by the Supreme Court two months later. Attorney for Fuller, Eamon Courtenay SC, gives details.

Eamon Courtenay SC – Attorney for Fuller:
vlcsnap-2013-03-28-20h30m35s44I haven’t had chance to read the decision, but in effect, what the Court of Appeal did was to quash the decision of Minister Elrington. Mr. Elrington had ordered that Mr. Fuller be sent to the United States in pursuance of the request for extradition and that matter was heard by Justice Awich and he decided that the Minister’s decision was correct. We brought it on appeal and we had a two day appeal and the court has now said that the Minister’s decision cannot stand and they have ordered the Minister to rehear it. What the President mentioned is that they have given him guidance as to how to do that hearing. Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to read it, but my client is quite happy about the decision and again we propose to vicariously resist the request for extradition.  

Courtenay discusses what will happen next as his client remains on remand.

Eamon Courtenay SC – Attorney for Fuller:
At present, he is remanded. The question of whether we will apply for jail does arise. That depends on how long it will take and that sort of thing. As you know we had applied for bail before and it was refused. On the question of vlcsnap-2013-03-28-20h26m11s180bail, Mr. Fuller has never been a flight risk. He has always stayed in Belize, so we will certainly give consideration to a request for a bail be granted to Mr. Fuller.  

Fuller himself appeared cheered at the turn of events.

His wife Ann-Marie told us leaving court that she is ‘grateful to God’ for a ruling which reverses a string of unfavorable decisions.

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