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Jamaican murder suspect to be extradited to UK

ORDER: Jamaican murder suspect to be extradited to UK

A JAMAICAN man is set to be extradited to the United Kingdom to face a murder trial, after the Supreme Court refused his application to be released from custody.

The court also ruled that there was no abuse of process when was Tony Vincent Ashman was re-arrested last year and ordered to return to the UK to faces the charges, which carry a sentence of up to life in prison.

Ashman is alleged to have fatally shot a man at a nightclub in England in 2009 and then fleeing to Jamaica.

Last year April, the Supreme Court had ordered his release because he had been in custody for more than the 60 days allowed by the law after waving his right to an extradition hearing.

The British Government sent another provisional warrant for Ashman’s arrest and he was re-arrested.

Lawyers in the case, Oswald James and Brian Barnes appealed against the order contending that it would be 'an abuse of process' to extradite Ashman, because the Supreme Court had agreed to his release.

However, the Director of Public Prosecutions argued that once a fugitive waived his right to an extradition hearing there was no need for a formal hearing or an authority from the minister to proceed.

It has been reported that the court also said that Ashman’s case emphasises the fact that an authority to proceed was not necessary in every case in which extradition is being sought by a requesting State.

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