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Sep 17, 2018

Dean Bruce Continues Fight Against Extradition Order

Dean Bruce

Thirty-two-year-old Deon Bruce has been on remand since January 2014 on a committal warrant by then Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith who ordered his extradition to face criminal charges including murder, in the USA.  Bruce stands accused of fatally shooting Aaron Carter in July 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. In 2014, Bruce’s then-attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd successfully convinced the court to grant her client a stay of extradition, so that the order of the magistrate and the decision of the Foreign Minister to extradite him are stayed until there is the appeal. Today Bruce’s attorney, Anthony Sylvestre, made an application for a writ of habeas corpus in the courtroom of Justice Michelle Arana who granted permission for his case to be appealed.

 

Anthony Sylvestre

Voice of: Anthony Sylvestre, Attorney for Deon Bruce

“During the period January 2014 and December 2017 when we first made the application to the court for a  habeas corpus application for Mr. Bruce to be released. There are the cases of the Seawell brothers, Mark and Gary, and you may recall that in both of their cases they were released that on the basis that the warrants they were held on were defective and as a consequence it was held that they were unlawfully being held. Mr. Bruce retained us. We reviewed his documents and we found there appear to us that there is a similar effect so we applied to the court. Initially, his hearing came on last December 2017. We were not successful there but the procedure of the court allows him to appeal to the court of appeal but before actually being able to make his appeal to the court of appeal he first receive permission of the Supreme Court.  That is what we sought and that is what we obtained. The next stage is for us to make our appeal to the Court of Appeal. So we have twenty one days to file an actual notice of appeal.”

 

Bruce case of appeal is expected to be heard in March 2019.

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