Monday, October 26, 2009
At the recently concluded National Assembly in Guyana the way was cleared for the resumption of extraditions to the United States (US) and other countries. The main issue was whether a person extradited to the US could then be sent to a third country by American authorities.
Guyanas Home Affairs Minister now has the power to start the extradition process before going to a Magistrate's court to begin formal proceedings under the amended Fugitive Offenders Act
The change came following a recent high court ruling barring the extradition of a Guyanese drug trafficking suspect to the US. The extradition was being done under an old treaty between the United States and Britain that Guyana inherited at independence. It gives the US the authority to legally extradition that individual to another country.
Charles Ramson, Attorney General in Guyana's says the amendment is to bring some certainty to the law while Khemraj Ramjattan, Chairman of the Alliance for Change Party disagreed stating to the national Assembly that the Government had other options.