A FIJI man wanted by the United States of America for alleged fraud was ordered into custody after the High Court in Suva yesterday dismissed his application for stay on extradition.
Aneal Maharaj was declared a fugitive by the US authorities and is wanted for an alleged scam in the State of Nevada.
On April 5 this year, the Suva Magistrates Court ordered Maharaj into custody and agreed that the wanted man could be extradited to USA.
Maharaj’s lawyer Anand then filed an appeal on the ruling and asked for a stay of proceedings on the extradition.
Maharaj was granted bail until the High Court determined the stay order.
Justice Daniel Goundar ordered yesterday for Maharaj to be taken into custody.
“Now that his appeal has been dismissed, the custody order has to be restored for this court to make a determination whether he should be surrendered to the United States of America,” Justice Goundar said.
“The extradition treaties that existed before the commencement of the Extradition Act of 2003 remains in force and that they have not been revoked,” he said.
“In my judgment, the learned magistrate was correct in law to rule that the United States of America is a treaty country and that there exists an extradition treaty between Fiji and the United States of America,” he added.
He said not recognising extradition treaties would defeat the purpose for having extradition laws and Fiji could become a potential haven for fugitives from the USA.
This article was written by Shalveen Chand and published by the Fiji Times on September 06, 2011.
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