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Extradition of Jordan Bacchus may be possible says Minister of Foreign Affairs

We have been following the case that involves the detention of Canadian Jordan Bacchus in his native country. He was detained in early February and his detention is of interest to Belizean authorities because he is wanted for questioning in reference to the murder of Melvin Almendarez who was killed in San Pedro Town in May of 2016. Back then, San Pedro police investigated Bacchus for possession of controlled drugs and he was released on bail. He then left the country. Bacchus was detained in Canada for drug-related offenses and the question has been whether he will be extradited to Belize to be further investigated for Almendarez’s murder. Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington told the media on Thursday that he believes that an extradition is possible.

Wilfred Elrington – Minister of Foreign Affairs

“If we don’t have an extradition treaty with Canada, there is no way in which we can apply for them to send them back but I would want to think that we do have one. I want to think so. And the reason why I am saying that is because nothing has fundamentally changed from the time we were colonial status, colonial relationship and when we were British colony, I am sure they had extradition treaty with the United States as well as with Canada. I would almost want to bet on that so I think there should be a process. It is not usual for us to find ourselves in that position with people who commit infractions here and go abroad to the United States. I think this is kind of new but I don’t think it is something beyond our capacity. I am sure if we have the extradition treaty and we have the resources in the ministry, which I am pretty certain we do, the initiative can be taken.”

Earlier this month, however, the Belize Police said that so far they are not initiating any process for such an extradition. Minister Elrington said he will be looking further into the case.