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Jul 8, 2010

Seawell brothers, Gary and Mark, one step closer to extradition

Gary & Mark Seawell

Brothers Mark and Gary Seawell, both accused of running an international drug trafficking and money laundering circle, were this morning escorted to Magistrate’s Court under heavy police guard for extradition proceedings before Chief Magistrate Margaret Gabb McKenzie.  Both men are wanted by the United States government in connection with the transshipment of cocaine that was transported from Belize to nearby Quintana Roo, ending up in Columbus, Ohio. In mid-February of 2007 elder sibling Mark was arrested at his home in the Belama area.  Three years later, on February ninth, Gary was apprehended near the outskirts of Esperanza Village where a carefully executed anti-drug raid led to his discovery along with a cache of high powered weapons. The artillery included one of several hand grenades that went missing from the BATSUB Unit and an M16 rifle that was in the custody of two B.D.F. soldiers on duty.

The Seawell brothers, who have since been on remand at the Hattieville prison, appeared in court this morning represented by attorneys Elson Kaseke and Arthur Saldivar.  The proceedings however, have been postponed until July twelfth and July nineteenth for Gary and Mark respectively.  Saldivar told News Five this morning why the trial has been delayed.

Arthur Saldivar, Attorney for Seawell Brothers

arthur saldivar

“The proceedings this morning was somewhat aborted because there is need to basically ascertain what the judgment of Justice Muria would be on the application that had been submitted relating to the interpretation of Section nine and other provisions within the Extradition Act as it relates to extradition of Belizean persons to the United States, noh.  So we are adjourned until Monday as it relates to Gary Seawell and then on the nineteenth as it relates to Mark Seawell.

Isani Cayetano

Anything else?

Arthur Saldivar

“Well it is the contention of the defense that by virtue of the express provisions within the extradition act itself that these persons, these Belizean citizens would not be eligible or would not be caught under the law for extradition because the provision does not lay out any basis for which it can be effected.  The argument on the government side has been that the 1870 Extradition Act of the United Kingdom should apply but there’s no express provision within the Extradition Act of Belize to accurately state that that actually applies to persons who are being extradited to the United States.  In law what is specific, as is Section nine, overrides any general provisions within the act or within any law.”

Charges brought against the siblings date back to 1997 when Mark and Gary were named as accomplices in a U.S. federal drug indictment.  A third brother, Duane Seawell has long been incarcerated in the states for narco-trafficking as well.

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2 Responses for “Seawell brothers, Gary and Mark, one step closer to extradition”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    EXTRADITION in return for what?????? And if we do NOT EXTRADITE?????

  2. tim says:

    if no extradite shoot them..

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