PORT OF SPAIN: Jack Warner is successfully continuing to drag out the court process over his extradition to the United States.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington ruled in Port of Spain that a hearing on whether the United States Department of Justice will have to restart proceedings against the 71-year-old former FIFA vice-president will be heard on December 2.
Friday’s hearing was postponed after Warner’s attorneys requested more time so they could travel to the US and discuss extradition issues.
Warner is fighting extradition on the US charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering in the FIFA corruption case. He has to report twice weekly to a police station and his passport has been seized.
US prosecutors allege South Africa channelled $10m in 2008 to Warner and two other FIFA executives in connection with their earlier support in its successful bid to host the 2010 World Cup.
Warner said: “I am not answering anything about Sepp Blatter or Jack Warner or Sepp Mother or Sepp Sister. I have nothing to say. Let the feeding frenzy continue.”
Warner left FIFA in 2011 after being implicated in an earlier bribery scandal. He has denied wrongdoing. Some Trinidad legal experts have estimated that the extradition request against Warner could take up to five years to resolve.
Warner was arrested in May and lost a re-election bid earlier this month for a Parliament seat during general elections.