Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2019. 11:19 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Attorney Andrew Bennett appeared in the Magistrate’s Court this week in furtherance of his extradition case; however attorney Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley says that a civil rights violation could cause the whole case to be thrown out.
Bennett is being sought for extradition to the United States to face charges of being involved in a money laundering scheme. Prosecutors are relying on evidence obtained through Whatsapp message correspondences Bennett allegedly had with a US Federal Agent. Bradley explained that the way in which those messages were obtained violates Bennett’s constitutional rights because they were not obtained under the provisions of Interceptions of Communications Act, which stipulates that communications must be acquired through obtaining a court order.
Bradley explained that Bennett’s attorneys have submitted to the Chief Magistrate that the constitutional matter should be addressed in the Supreme Court before the extradition treaty can be heard.
“And so the lawyers are saying, Chief Magistrate do not proceed with this extradition hearing because of [ a violation of the constitution] is involved at this early stage and we wish for the Supreme Court to clear that up before we proceed, because if the Supreme Court strikes it down and the evidence or the information is based solely on what was happening with the WhatsApp communications, the extradition case could very well fall apart,” Bradley told the media.
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