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Dec 20, 2018

Andrew Bennett Goes Back Before the Chief Magistrate

Andrew Bennett

Attorney Andrew Bennett was back before the lower court today where he is presently fighting an extradition request by the U.S. government.  It is alleged that the lawyer participated in a scheme where local high-level bankers and politicians were purportedly setting up money laundering businesses on behalf of drug trafficking organizations.  The ill-gotten monies, it is reported, were being washed via a trio of banks operating in Belize.  According to a D.E.A. agent, he has had one-on-one and telephone conversations with Bennett in respect of those transactions.  This morning, in the company of fellow attorney Anthony Sylvestre, he appeared before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer where the matter was adjourned.

 

Anthony Sylvestre

Anthony Sylvestre, Attorney for Andrew Bennett

“The matter was to come on for oral hearing this morning, but an adjournment was granted.  When we came before the court in November, I think it was November twelfth, the court had made certain orders in respect of us to file in submissions.  Having regard to the fact that our submissions were not filed in time, the government requested an adjournment so that they could have more time to be able to go over submissions and put in theirs.  In the spirit of justice and fairness to both parties, the adjournment was granted.  So we come back on the ninth of January at which time oral arguments would be made and I think thereafter the court will adjourn for determination of the matter.  So that’s where we are with respect to the matter at this stage.”

 

The extradition request from the United States contains seven counts of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.  Each count carries a prison term of anywhere between two to three years in a U.S. correctional facility.

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