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(Apr 02, 2008) On March 13, 2008, the Federal Supreme Court (FSC) of Brazil authorized the extradition of Colombian national Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia, who is considered by the Brazilian Federal Police to be one of the biggest drug traffickers in the world. The request for Abadia's extradition was made by the Government of the United States. According to FSC documents, an arrest order has been issued against him by the State of New York for the crimes of continuous criminal enterprise, conspiracy for the import and international distribution of cocaine, and conspiracy for money laundering.

Justice Eros Grau justified the extradition by pointing out that the crimes are duly detailed in the extradition order and the requirement is met that the crimes Abadia is accused of are covered in the legislation of both countries. All the FSC Justices voted in favor of the extradition under the conditions that the United States government undertake the responsibility of changing a possible sentence of life in prison or the death penalty to a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison as prescribed by article 75 of the Brazilian Penal Code and that the amount of prison time Abadia has served in Brazil be deducted from his ultimate criminal sentence. (STF Autoriza Extradição de Juan Carlos Abadia, JURID, Mar. 13, 2008.)

Author: Eduardo Soares More by this author
Topic: Crime and law enforcement More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Brazil More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 04/02/2008