PORT OF SPAIN: Jack Warner one of the most infamous of the FIFAGate targets of the United States Justice Department, has lost the latest stage in his bid to avoid extradition from Trinidad & Tobago.
Warner, a former FIFA vice-president and president of the central and north American confederation (CONCACAF), had appealed for a judicial review of the original court decision to approve his extradition on corruption charges.
His complaint was rejected however the Appeal Court agreed to a stay on proceedings for 21 days pending an application by Warner for permission to argue his case at the Privy Council.
Warner’s legal team is challenging the original decision as inappropriate under the terms of the Extradition (Commonwealth and Foreign Territories) Act, and the treaty signed between Trinidad & Tobago and the US.
Justices of Appeal Gregory Smith, Prakash Moosai and Andre des Vignes said, in a 40-page ruling, that the extradition treaty had not been shown to lack conformity with the Act and there was no merit in Warner’s challenge to the vadillity of recognition of the US.
Warner was not among the seven senior world football officials detained by Swiss authorities responded to US extradition warrants in MAy 2015 but he was named among those indicted on corruption charges.
He surrendered himself to fraud squad officers on May 27, 2015, and is on $2.5 million bail.