For some unexplained reason, the Record on Appeal, which is generally minimal at best in an extradition proceeding, was just recently made available to all the attorneys, in early May. Whether this additional delay was intentional cannot be ascertained, but if it is made an issue by the defence at the hearing, seeking yet another delay in securing a decision by the Court of Appeal, this matter will deserve a serious inquiry.
Given that the only bona fide defence in an extradition proceeding is that the defendant is not the individual sought on the arrest warrant, and that any others, whether procedural or substantive, are for the trial in the receiving jurisdiction, most appeals of extraditions are based upon transparent procedural objections, trying to drag the case out. This one is no different.
We shall update our readers as soon as a decision of the Court of Appeals is rendered.
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