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Curacao court rejects US extradition request
Published on February 10, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Three individuals suspected by US authorities of drug trafficking will not be extradited to the United States, a court in Curacao ruled last week.

The court based its ruling on infiltration and surveillance by US authorities without the knowledge of the public prosecutor in Curacao, which made it impossible for the prosecution to determine whether the US authorities had acted contrary to the local legal system.

The defendants were interrogated by US investigators in 2012, without the public prosecutor’s involvement. In addition, there was no official report or it was done incorrectly.

Given that the defendants have Dutch nationality, they are entitled to the protection of the rules and criminal laws prevailing in Curacao. According to the court, these rules and laws were not observed by the American authorities.

Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle
 
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