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Nov 11, 2011

Rhett Fuller is back in Court in his last chance to stop extradition

Rhett Fuller

Businessman Rhett Fuller was back in court today where Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay made a final submission on his behalf to avoid extradition to the United States.  The forty-two year old appears to be at the end of the rope as he has ran through all legal options to maintain his freedom in Belize.  Fuller, who has been on remand at the Central Prison since August twenty-second, is challenging a decision made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington via judicial review.  In late September Elrington rejected an appeal by Senior Counsel Denys Barrow to waive Fuller’s extradition.  Before Justice Samuel Awich this morning Courtenay made a submission arguing that important documentation which can prove critical to the outcome of the case against Fuller has gone missing from the government registry.  Among other points Courtenay contends that the Minister of Foreign Affairs had no legal authority to decide Fuller’s fate.  He told News Five this afternoon that the government’s lawyers are now changing their argument.

Eamon Courtenay, Attorney for Rhett Fuller

“What we are doing now is we’re challenging the decision of the Minister [of Foreign Affairs].  As you know on the twentieth of September the minister decided to surrender Mr. Fuller to the United States authorities and we are submitting to the court that he did so on a wrong basis.  The Chief Magistrate when he found that Mr. Fuller should be sent to the United States for extradition, he presented a report and filed it with the government and the government is now saying that they have lost that report and that is an important report because the purpose of that report is to set out to the minister any reasons why the Chief Magistrate finds that it would be improper to surrender Mr. Fuller.  Government is saying they can’t find that and we are saying that it is extremely unfair and prejudicial to Mr. Fuller for the minister to have said he can’t find that and yet go on to say that he is going to surrender Mr. Fuller.  This afternoon what we are going to do is to point out the reasons given by the minister and to show the judge why those reasons when you add them up and take them one by one are insufficient to support his decision that Mr. Fuller should go.  We will show the judge that it is unjust, that it is prejudicial and it is wrong to send Mr. Fuller and we are going to ask the judge to bring this to an end.  This is twenty-one years and it’s been too long so essentially that’s what we are going to be doing this afternoon.”

Isani Cayetano

Eamon Courtenay

“One of your sticking points this morning was whether or not the minister has jurisdiction over the matter.  Can you elaborate in some detail on that?”

Eamon Courtenay

“Well the thing that has happened is after they saw our argument the government is now shifting their ground and they are now saying that the minister should never have had a hearing for Mr. Fuller and that the minister has no jurisdiction to do that.  Well I pointed out to the judge that somebody is confused because on the eight of November the minister swore on an affidavit saying that he has jurisdiction yet today his counsel is coming to court and saying that he doesn’t have jurisdiction and I’m saying to the judge that what they are trying to do is to shift the ground and come up with something new to try to justify the position and we are saying to the judge that that is entirely wrong.”

The case has been adjourned to Monday morning. Fuller is wanted in Dade County, Florida in connection with a murder that occurred over two decades ago in which Larry Miller was fatally shot.

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3 Responses for “Rhett Fuller is back in Court in his last chance to stop extradition”

  1. jose says:

    if you kill pay the prize no mater who you. face it like man if you did it

  2. Sasha says:

    Anything that has to do with money paid/owed or contracts, legal documents should be made in duplicates or photocopied and don’t believe for 1 minute that the pages dissappeared just like that, but knowing corruption out there,it is called OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE and everyone involved in the disappearance should be dealt with HARSHLY. 1 thing with America they will turn every stone to find the matter how long ago it happened. Don’t play with BIG BROTHER.

  3. CEO says:

    “if you did it” is the key phrase. I do not know if he did or not and I am sure he was no saint but we still have to function inside of the law else we are no different from the criminals.

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