JG - J'can ordered extradited
J'can ordered extradited
published: Monday June 27, 2005
A JAMAICAN who challenged the Extradition Act for the first time since it was passed in 1991 on the grounds that it was unconstitutional is to be extradited to the United States to face trial on drug charges. This was the ruling of the Court of Appeal, last Friday.
The man is Trevor Forbes, a 57-year-old businessman of Wickie Wackie, Bull Bay, St. Andrew, for whom an extradition order was made in 2003.
Forbes is wanted in the United States to face trial on charges of conspiracy to import 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and two counts of importing marijuana. The offences were allegedly committed while Forbes was living in the U.S. An arrest warrant was issued on May 24, 2001, by the United States District Court of Florida.
In a sense, it's difficult to see why we want Mr. Forbes back, since he's just the sort we're always deporting back to Jamaica. Indeed, once he's finished serving his sentence (assuming a verdict of guilty and a prison sentence), that's just what should occur.
During the time that Forbes was facing extradition, he was also charged with the murder of Woman Constable Karen Tingle. She was shot several times while driving her motor car
along East Street, Kingston on April 19, 2001.