Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2022. 9:47 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: A Belmopan resident who authorities say absconded from the United States 23 years ago to avoid a charge of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated was taken before the courts this morning after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an order for his extradition back to the US.
Forty-five-year-old Osmar Correra appeared in the Belize City Magistrate’s court represented by attorney David Moralez to learn that he is facing charges of manslaughter and assault. He was also reportedly under the influence of alcohol at the time.
Moralez submitted that they are not challenging the extradition but that the incident happened over 20 years ago and that US authorities dragged their feet on the issues. He stressed that Correra has a wife and two children and frequently makes trips in and out of Belize through the northern and western borders, so his whereabouts were never in question. Moralez says that his client’s life is now being infringed upon by the over two-decade-old charge.
Chief Magistrate Fraser, after hearing submissions from both sides, decided that Correra should not be granted bail at the Magistrate level, but said that he can seek bail through the Supreme Court.
The matter was adjourned for March 8, 2022, and Correa was remanded into custody at the Belize Central Prison until then.
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