NJ judge rules man must return to Portugal to face sentence for plot to murder ex-wife

January 20, 2012

The Washington Post on January 19, 2012 released the following:

“By Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — A Portuguese man facing a sentence in his home country for plotting to kill his ex-wife has been ordered to be returned to Portugal, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Manuel Albert Soares has fought extradition since he was detained in New Jersey last year.

A trial court acquitted Soares in 2007, but Portugal’s Supreme Court of Justice reversed the acquittal and sentenced him to four years and six months in prison.

By the time authorities issued a warrant for his arrest in 2009, Soares was in the U.S. Last year, the warrant was discovered when he was pulled over on the New Jersey Turnpike for driving in a carpool lane without the requisite number of passengers.

Soares and his attorney argued in U.S. District Court in December that the Portuguese court’s decision hadn’t been based on enough evidence to meet the burden of proof required to extradite someone from the U.S.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office contended it wasn’t the role of the U.S. courts to retry the case or consider evidence from the trial in deciding whether he met the criteria for extradition.

Thursday’s ruling upheld the decision of a U.S. Magistrate in Newark last May.

Soares was charged with attempted aggravated homicide in Portugal for trying to hire two hit men in 2006 to kill his ex-wife, Maria Teresa Franqueira Mourao, after Soares was fired from a business the couple jointly owned, according to court papers. The men he had tried to hire reached out to police and cooperated with authorities to continue negotiations with Soares on the hit, which was partially paid for but never carried out.

Soares, a native of Newark who holds dual American and Portuguese citizenship, has denied the charges.”

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Ex-‘Survivor’ producer’s extradition in wife’s slaying is upheld

December 22, 2011

Los Angeles Times on December 22, 2011 released the following:

“A federal judge has ruled that there is enough evidence to justify extraditing a former “Survivor” TV show producer to Mexico to face trial in his wife’s slaying.

Bruce Beresford-Redman is charged with killing his wife, Monica, while on holiday in Cancun. Her body was found in a sewer at the resort hotel where the couple was vacationing with their children in April 2010.

The couple had allegedly argued about his infidelities at the hotel, and other hotel guests reported hearing loud noises and cries for help coming from the room.

In July, a U.S. magistrate judge ruled there was probable cause to extradite Beresford-Redman to Mexico.

The producer, who maintains he is innocent, asked U.S. District Court Judge Philip S. Gutierrez to overturn the decision, saying there was not enough evidence to constitute probable cause for extradition.

Gutierrez denied the request Wednesday, citing “pages upon pages of competent evidence demonstrating that the fugitive committed the offense for which extradition was sought.”

“The Certification [of Extraditability] summarizes the infidelity, fighting, screaming from the hotel room, the fugitive’s opportunity to dispose of the victim’s body, the ultimate location of the victim’s body (25 meters from the hotel room), the victim leaving her cellphone behind, scratches and abrasions upon the fugitive’s body, and the fugitive’s flight. All of this evidence points to homicide committed by the fugitive,” he wrote.

The defense team could still file a petition with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the decision. Otherwise, the U.S. State Department will make the ultimate decision on the extradition request.”

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Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
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We previously discussed the extradition treaty between the United States and Mexico here.

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Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition and OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal.

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.