U.S. Issues Extradition Request for Nelson Mandela’s Son-in-Law

According to officials, the United States has sent South Africa an extradition request for the husband of Nelson Mandela’s oldest daughter.

The U.S. embassy in Pretoria is working with South African authorities to extradite Isaac Kwame Amuah, husband of Makaziwe Mandela, the eldest daughter of South Africa’s first black president, said embassy spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau.

Amuah is wanted on a 1993 rape charge in Hartford, Connecticut. He is accused of raping a student while he was an assistant professor at a local community college. Allegedly, Amuah left the U.S. after bail was posted and never returned to face the charges.

Amuah, a native of Ghana, allegedly returned to his home country sometime after he was charged with the alleged crime. Eventually, Amuah accepted a position as director of the state-run Foundation for Research Development, at which point U.S. authorities discovered his whereabouts. There is also speculation that Amuah is known as a wealthy businessman, with interests in financial services and mining, as well as ties to the film industry.

It has taken the U.S. government nearly 20 years to issue an extradition request for Amuah. It is an incredibly long amount of time to attempt to hold Amuah accountable for the alleged crime. Further, because of Amuah’s ties to Nelson Mandela, it will be interesting to see how U.S. authorities plan to carry out the extradition request without offending South African diplomatic relations.

Makaziwe is the daughter of Mandela and his first wife, Evelyn Mase. Born in 1954, she grew up largely without her liberation hero father, who lived as a fugitive from the apartheid regime before being jailed in 1964, spending nearly 27 years in prison before his release in 1990 cemented the end of white-minority rule in South Africa.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, Interpol Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC Litigation.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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