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Andrew Bennett’s extradition request laid before the court

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Attorney Andrew Bennett, who is wanted by the US Government, appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser along with his attorney Anthony Sylvestre this morning. The US has requested for Bennett to be extradited to the US territory of Puerto Rico where he is wanted for money laundering charges, allegations which Bennett denies. Today in court, the extradition file was laid before the court and Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jenina Urbina, testified. Urbina told the court that she received the extradition file while she was assigned to the US desk. The extradition file was signed by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Belize’s Ambassador to the US, Daniel Gutierrez. Solicitor General Nigel Hawke summarized the court proceedings.

NIGEL HAWKE, SOLICITOR GENERAL

“All we did today was we lay the documents over formally, they were authenticated, so the next step now is disclosure and then we move to a date for having the evidence led.”

HIPOLITO NOVELO, LOVE NEWS REPORTER

“Why exactly was it necessary for the Officer from the Foreign Affairs to make an appearance today?”

NIGEL HAWKE, SOLICITOR GENERAL

“Because of the accordance Act, the 1870 Extradition Act requires that the documents be laid over by someone who received the documents. She would have received it from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then the act requires the Magistrate basically authenticate it as being received by her. “

HIPOLITO NOVELO, LOVE NEWS REPORTER

“And you highlighted section 15 of that act.”

NIGEL HAWKE, SOLICITOR GENERAL

“Section 15”

HIPOLITO NOVELO, LOVE NEWS REPORTER

“Talk to us about their importance of that and the section the term “shall be deemed”.

NIGEL HAWKE, SOLICITOR GENERAL

“Yes it says once the documents have been received and you’re satisfied and it is signed by either a Foreign Officer, a Magistrate from the other jurisdiction, the section says it shall be deemed authenticated, when something is deemed as if, is as though it is already authenticated.”

The case was adjourned to Tuesday, February 6 for disclosure after which Bennett’s Attorney; Anthony Sylvestre will make submissions on February 16. The Solicitor General is expected to respond to those submissions by February 22.

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