U.S. Judge Denies Argentina’s Extradition Request

November 4, 2010

A federal judge in Florida has denied Argentina’s extradition request for a former military officer accused of taking part in a 1972 massacre in Argentina.

Magistrate Judge Robert Dube ruled Tuesday there are doubts about evidence against 68-year-old Roberto Bravo. Dube also found Bravo was cleared by an Argentine military investigation and that Bravo’s extradition is blocked by a political exception.

Bravo faces 16 murder charges arising from the shootings of guerrillas at a military base in Trelew, Argentina. Those killings marked an early chapter in the Argentine military’s war against left oppositionists.

U.S. prosecutors did not immediately say if they would appeal. Bravo came to the United States in 1973 and has been a U.S. citizen since 1987.

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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US Seeking Extradition from Paraguay for Suspected Hezbollah Financier

June 22, 2010

The United States has asked Paraguay to extradite a Lebanese national suspected of funneling money to the Shiite militant group Hezbollah from the South American nation, court sources said Wednesday.

Mussa Ali Hamdan, 38, was arrested Tuesday in Ciudad del Este, part of the Triple Frontier, a region the United States has repeatedly cited as being exploited by militant groups that “finance terrorist activities.”

Hamdan is accused of 31 crimes, according to Interpol. The US extradition request cites his alleged material support for Hezbollah “including falsified documents.”

The suspect is also accused of counterfeiting US currency and conspiracy to commit passport fraud, according to the request.

Hamdan appeared Wednesday before Judge Hugo Sosa Pasmor to confirm his identity as part of an extradition request, and then was transferred to Asuncion’s Tacumbu penitentiary.

Local media, citing local security officials, have said Hamdan was financing Hezbollah, which fought a devastating 2006 war with Israel and is blacklisted as a terror group by Washington.

A cosmopolitan area and significant tourist spot, the Triple Frontier is also considered a major spot for smuggling and other organized crime. Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina however deny their shared region is a hotbed for terror financing.

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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