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Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Deon BruceOn Friday, July 12th, Mark Sewell, a Belizean national of the Ladyville area appeared in the Supreme Court before Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin to have an extradition hearing against him commence. The matter had to be adjourned; however, as Sewell's attorney, Arthur Saldivar was a no show in court. Present in court, was attorney Magali Perdomo, representing the Attorney General's Ministry. According to Saldivar's letter to the court, he had a medical emergency that hindered him from being present.

In his absence though, the Chief Justice had this to say, “If no attorney comes to court next week on behalf of Sewell, the case will be struck out.” The CJ also noted that the case is a matter of habeas corpus and should take precedence. He noted that he was not seeing urgency regarding the case coming from Sewell's attorneys, especially since Saldivar's client has been on remand for more than two years since an order for his extradition. The case was then adjourned for August 1, 2013.

Within minutes of Sewell's adjournment, Perdomo made her way to the courtroom of the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith to seek the extradition of another Belizean man, Deon Bruce. In court, Perdomo explained that the Minister of Foreign Affairs requested for a warrant for the apprehension of Bruce on July 2nd which was issued by the Chief Magistrate on that same day. She then asked for an adjournment to tender the documents by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after which it will be made available to the defense.

Bruce’s attorney, Bryan Neal, however, rose to make note of some discrepancies already seen on the face of the warrant requesting his client’s apprehension. He said that attention must be brought to the fact that the warrant is saying that his client was born in the Cayman Islands on December 15, 1985, when in fact he was born in Belize.

He also argued that there was no warrant attached on to the documents presented in court.

In the end, the Chief Magistrate granted an adjournment in the matter but before she did so, she asked Perdomo to make sure that on the next court date that the date of birth and place of birth of the client is properly checked and confirmed.

Deon Bruce who remains in police custody is due back in Court #1 on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., Relatives of Bruce, including his sister and other relatives were present in court for the extradition hearing.