Warner losses appeal - Former CONCACAF boss inches closer to US extradition

By Sports Desk June 11, 2019
Former CONCACAF boss Jack Warner. Former CONCACAF boss Jack Warner.

Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner has inched closer to extradition to the United States, where he will face charges of corruption, after seeing his appeal dismissed by a Trinidad and Tobago court.

On Tuesday, a three-man appellate court panel dismissed the case put forward by the former CONCACAF boss.  In the suit filed on his behalf, Warner questioned the procedure adopted by the Office of the Attorney General in signing the request for his extradition made in May 2015.

Warner had also challenged the legality of the Extradition (Commonwealth and Foreign Territories) Act, and the treaty signed between Trinidad and Tobago and the US.  In the 40-page ruling issued on Tuesday, however, the justices did not find the extradition request to be in violation of the Act.

“Therefore, the pending extradition proceedings in respect of the appellant before the magistrate are valid,” the judges held, adding that “there was no denial of justice in the issuance of the authority to proceed by the Attorney General.”

The proceedings have, however, been halted for 21 days pending an application from Warner’s legal team to take the issue to the Privy Council.  Warner, who is currently on $TT 2.5m bail, is wanted for a series of fraud-related offences associated with his time as an official of FIFA.

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