Khalid El Turk Extradition Case on Hold Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:00

Khalid El TurkOn Thursday, April 4th, attorneys representing the Solicitor General’s Office, Magali Perdomo and Liliana Swift, requested that Khalid El Turk’s extradition hearing be adjourned after the defense raised three challenges to the extradition order. El Turk is wanted in the United States for charges of conspiracy to the importation of pseudoephedrine and importation of pseudoephedrine. He is being represented by Attorney Edwin Flowers and Anthony Sylvestre.  

In court on Thursday, El Turk’s attorneys challenged the extradition based on the requirement that the offence being committed must be against the laws of both country. Flowers submitted that the two offences El Turk is charged with do not exist in the Laws of Belize. The defense also submitted that a witness statement which the US Government is relying on has no signature. Though they claim it is for safety and security reasons, Flowers submitted that under the Laws of Belize, a defendant has the right to face his accuser, and that a signature is a mandatory requirement.

At the end of Flowers’ submission on behalf of El Turk, the Solicitor General's office requested more time to continue to process their arguments.  In light of that, Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith adjourned the matter until April 22nd.