Port of Spain - The United States has yet to issue a formal writ of extradition
for former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, whose case was adjourned on
Thursday until July 27, lawyers in the case said on Thursday.
Warner, wanted in the US on corruption charges, could apply for discharge
from the local court if the United States does not send the writ to the
Trinidad and Tobago government by July 26.
Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar, presiding at the Port of Spain
Magistrate's court, adjourned the case for 18 days after hearing submissions
from lawyers appearing for the State and Warner.
Warner, 72, currently on bail, reappeared before the Chief Magistrate in
connection with a provisional arrest warrant. The US wants Warner extradited to
face a dozen charges including bribery, corruption and wire fraud conspiracy.
Although British Queen's Counsel Alan Newman said the State was
"anxious" to proceed in the case, he noted that the writ of
extradition from the US had not yet arrived since the provisional charge
against Warner on May 27 which saw his arrest and overnight imprisonment until
bail was granted.
The U.S. has a 60-day window during which time it has to send the writ of
extradition to the office of the Caribbean nation's attorney general for formal
extradition proceedings to begin in the court.
Lawyer Fyard Hosein, appearing for Warner, said if the authorities do not
receive the writ of extradition, his client can apply to the court for
discharge. He said although 43 days have passed, no such request has been made.