Trinidad judge to rule on Warner’s legal challenge to extradition today

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By Paul Nicholson

July 31 – The US Department of Justice will find out today whether they are any nearer to getting their hands on disgraced former CONCACAF president Jack Warner.

The US want Warner extradited to the US to face multiple criminal charges as part of the investigation that has seen more than 40 North and South American football executives charged.

With most having now pleaded guilty, sentencing is scheduled to begin in September, though former CONCACAF president Jeff Webb, who took over where Warner left off in CONCACAF, has had his sentencing pushed back to July 2018.

Warner has not left Trinidad since the original arrests by the US Department of Justice in May 2015.

In November 2015 he initiated judicial review proceedings against the Office of the Trinidad and Tobago attorney general in an attempt to block his extradition. Justice James Aboud is expected to deliver a ruling in Port of Spain today.

Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi in September 2015 gave the court the green light to begin the committal proceedings and extradition of Warner. They were ended at the last minute with Warner’s challenge.

In his legal submissions Warner is also challenging the legality of the Extradition (Commonwealth and Foreign Territories) Act and the treaty signed between Trinidad and Tobago and the United States.

If Warner fails in his legal challenges the US will be a step closer to getting their man. Contact the writer of this story at moc.l1558954679labto1558954679ofdlr1558954679owedi1558954679sni@n1558954679osloh1558954679cin.l1558954679uap1558954679