Trinidad AG asks for more time be­fore sign­ing Warner ex­tra­di­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL - --CMC

Sworn-in as At­tor­ney Gen­eral just last week fol­low­ing the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Move­ment vic­tory in the Septem­ber 7 gen­eral elec­tions, Faris Al-Rawi has asked for more time to make a de­ci­sion on sign­ing the doc­u­ment re­quired for the ex­tra­di­tion case of FIFA cor­rup­tion ac­cused Jack Warner to go for­ward.

The re­quest was made in a let­ter sent to Chief Mag­is­trate Mar­cia Ay­ers-Cae­sar on Tues­day af­ter­noon, shortly be­fore the 4 p.m. dead­line for the au­thor­ity to pro­ceed (ATP) doc­u­ment to be signed.

The let­ter writ­ten by state at­tor­ney Brent Hallpike made an ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion for a mod­est ex­ten­sion – un­til next Mon­day when Warner is sched­uled to reap­pear in court – to de­cide whether an ATP should be is­sued.

“The At­tor­ney Gen­eral had to ap­prise him­self of all ma­te­rial rel­e­vant to the re­quest of the United States of Amer­ica for the ex­tra­di­tion of Jack Warner,” the cor­re­spon­dence stated, adding that Al-Rawi had to give “most care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion” to the vo­lu­mi­nous doc­u­ments con­tained in the US state­ment of case, the Ex­tra­di­tion Act and the Ex­tra­di­tion Treaty.

The state is also pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for Warner’s le­gal team to make rep­re­sen­ta­tions as to whether or not the ATP should be is­sued. The re­fusal of for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral Garvin Ni­cholas to al­low that was the ba­sis on which the for­mer FIFA vice-pres­i­dent’s le­gal team had threat­ened to file for ju­di­cial re­view.

Warner, 72, has been in­dicted in the US on rack­e­teer­ing, wire fraud and money laun­der­ing con­spir­acy charges. He is one of 14 cur­rent and for­mer top FIFA and soc­cer mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tives who are ac­cused of ex­ploit­ing their po­si­tions to take more than US$150 mil­lion in bribes over a 24-year pe­riod. He has main­tained he is in­no­cent of all charges and will fight his ex­tra­di­tion.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Faris Al-Rawi

needs more time to think.

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