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Extradition hearing of Surinamese starts

By Rickie Ramdass rickie.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

EXTRADITION proceedings against Surinamese national Edmund Muntslag, who is wanted in the United States for allegedly conspiring to traffic drugs into that country, got underway at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Muntslag reappeared before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Eighth Court, with one witness being called to testify.

The witness, Permanent Secretary at the Office of the Attorney General Marlene Juman, was led in evidence by attorney Jagdeo Singh, who is who is representing the requesting State through the Central Authority Unit.

She was later cross-examined by Muntslag’s attorney, Keith Scotland, regarding the qualifications of US Assistant Attorney Adam Fee, who was the attorney responsible for forwarding the documents to the Central Authority Unit for Muntslag’s extradition.

Throughout the proceedings, Muntslag, 29, was informed of what was being said by the attorneys and the witness by Dutch translator Zaitoen Badloe Klaverweide.

He is wanted in the United States for allegedly conspiring with others to smuggle ten kilogrammes of cocaine into the US between 2011 and 2013.

Dino Delano Bouterse, son of Suriname president Desi Bouterse, is accused alongside Muntslag with attempting to smuggle the drugs.

The proceedings will continue on February 18.

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