U.S. Attorney Threatens More Charges After Failing To Extradite American Citizen From The United Kingdom

Alfred Rubega 'makes it personal' as he shows that he will go to any length to extradite American

Published on 11 December 2013

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by WireNews+Co


Concord, NH

United States District Court, District Of New Hampshire
United States District Court, District Of New Hampshire

Alfred Rubega, Assistant United States Attorney, with the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire in Concord, New Hampshire has taken the unusual step of making idle threats in a matter that some have called "political" and others believe to be "over kill" by the U.S. Government.

In late 2012 Rubega's office tried to extradite an American citizen who had been living in the United Kingdom since 1989 on charges that related to his use of an illegally obtained passport, since 1997.

Unable to bring the 1997 charge due to the passage of time, Rubega's office attempted to convince the Court that renewing the 1997 passport was a different offence.

But in June 2013 the Senior District Judge at Westminster Magistrates' Court in the City of London didn't agree and Judge Riddle discharged the U.S. extradition request on the grounds of double-jeopardy and released the requested person from custody.

Malcolm Hawkes represented the requested person, who had already been convicted in 2010 in the UK for the offences of possession and use of the false U.S. passport that formed the basis of the U.S. charges.

The U.S. Department of Justice decided against taking the case further and chose not to appeal the UK Court's decision.

Now Rubega has advanced a thinly veiled threat to the requested person writing today in an email: "It is understood that you intend to remain in the UK in hopes of evading extradition.  "If you consult with counsel they will advise you that such a plan will only succeed if you are not charged with and extradited for other offenses."

A barrister representing Rubega's office told the London Court in June that there were no other charges pending against the requested person either in the UK or in the United States so it may just be wishful thinking by the Assistant U.S. Attorney but knowing how the U.S. Government ignores international treaties one can never be too sure.



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Posted 2013-12-11 20:39:00