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Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018. 5:10 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte said this week that the Government of Belize is moving forward with the required processes to have attorney Andrew Bennett extradited to the United States to face money laundering charges.

Following the opening of the legal year, Peyrefitte told the media that the Solicitor Geneneral, who becomes the attorney for the US Government in extradition cases, has prepared the necessary documents and sent them to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Upon receiving a subsequent set of documents from Foreign Affairs, the Attorney General’s Office will apply to the Magistrate’s court for the relevant steps to be taken for extradition.

“We have not received from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs any documentation for us to bring to the Magistracy as yet,” Peyrefitte said.

Peyrefitte said that the case has been difficult for him personally because he considers Bennett a “very good acquaintance” of his. Bennett is reportedly wanted in the US following a sting operation conducted in 2015 when he allegedly agreed to launder $250,000 for an undercover agent of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency for a fee of 20 percent.

Bennett has since denied all claims against him and says that he is consulting a legal team to consider his options.

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