The U.S. State Department will ultimately decide if a man arrested in Oldham County on international terrorism charges will be extradited to Australia.
50-year old Paul Peters was arrested by federal agents and Australian authorities at the home of his ex-wife in Buckner on August 13. Peters is accused of strapping a fake bomb to the neck of an 18-year-old girl, the daughter of an Australian businessman, and leaving a ransom note.
An extradition hearing is set for October 14 in Louisville. U.S. prosecutors said they expect Australian authorities to submit a formal request for Peters’ arrest, extradition and surrender to the U.S. State Department before that date.
Peters’ attorney says he’ll fight the charges.
This article was written by Charles Gazaway and published by the Wave on August 29, 2011.
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