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Jan 16, 2014

Attorney, Eamon Courtenay, speaks on client’s ruling

Eamon Courtenay

The decision by Minister Elrington was based on a submission to him by attorney Eamon Courtenay, which made the case that Fuller’s family would have disintegrated without his presence. He is a father of two sons and an autistic daughter, who during his incarceration, were in the care of his wife, Ann Marie.  And today, the request by the U.S. in 1998 which resulted in more than fifteen years of intense legal wrangling has finally been refused. Minister Elrington made reference to justice delayed and justice denied, but for Eamon Courtenay, it is justice triumphant.

FOR VIDEO CLICK HERE: ATTORNEY FOR RHETT FULLER SPEAKS ON RULING

Via Phone: Eamon Courtenay, Attorney for Rhett Fuller

“Well I would say that justice has finally prevailed. I have always felt that the United States government waited for eight years before they requested Rhett’s extradition and that is not in keeping with the spirit of the extradition treaty between the United States and Belize. I also think that the way in which their federal authorities and state authorities dealt with Rhett while he was here in Belize between 1990 and 1998 was very unfair. Now the Minister has decided that it would be oppressive in terms of the impact of an extradition on Rhett, and I think that the reasons given by the Minister are very compelling. I am extremely happy for him. I think the facts that applied to Rhett’s case were very important and were convincing. What we were able to do with the help of a lot of people was to marshal it in such a way and to present it in such a way that we put our best foot forward. And this was by no means a case that I dealt with by myself. A lot of people worked on it – there were lawyers in the UK, lawyers in Belize, even law students like Stacy Castillo, my son Gavin, Daniel Briceño…they all put in their time.”

 

Reporter

“Sir could you clarify for us at this point, Rhett Fuller’s legal standing…is he a free man? Is there anybody who can touch him at this point?”

 

Eamon Courtenay

“There’s nobody in Belize who can lawfully touch him. Certainly if he went to the United States I would believe there is still a warrant there for his arrest, but in terms of Belize that’s the end of the process.”

 

Fuller was visible relieved as he exited the Whitfield Towers today without benefit of police escort or shackles for the first time in almost three years. He has asked the media via email to give him some time and space as he reunited with his family, a free man at last. His attorney, Courtenay, who is not in the country, will be making further remarks on his return.

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