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Posted: Saturday, February 3, 2018. 1:00 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The extradition proceedings for attorney Andrew Bennett, who is wanted in the US district of Puerto Rico for money laundering, continued in the Belize city Magistrate’s court this week.

Solicitor General Nigel Hawke, in accordance with the Extradition Act and the treaty signed with the United States, brought the extradition documents and an officer from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to have the documents authenticated, before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraizer.

The formality was an important step to ensure that all procedures outlined in the Extradition Act were followed. With the Chief Magistrate satisfied on the authenticity of the documents, the trial proceeds to its next phase.

“So, we disclose exactly what was laid before the court, it will be disclosed to the other side, and then, we move now to the issue of actually leading evidence on the 22 of February,” Hawke said.

During the time leading up to the next court date, the SolGen will make full disclosure of the evidence to Bennett and his attorney, Anthony Sylvester, who will then go through the evidence and decide if they will object to any of it being used. After which, the Chief Magistrate will evaluate the evidence and determine if the trial can proceed.


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