A ruling from the Belize Supreme Court on July 17 will prevent fugitive Karol Mello from being deported, relocated or extradited during the next 28 days, Mello’s lawyer Godfrey Smith told the TASR newswire.
“If the Belize government wants to annul his permanent stay and expel him, it first has to allow his lawyers to defend him and act in his interest,” said Smith, a former minister in Belize, a former general prosecutor and influential Belize politician, adding that Mello can only be deported or expelled from Belize if he “represents a danger to the public good or safety of Belize, which is not the case”.
Mello’s lawyer in Slovakia, Peter Schmidl, assumes that his client has the right for a fair trial in Belize, not only the administrative proceeding on which Slovakia seeks to have him extradited from the country, TASR wrote.
“I do not know the legislation in Belize, so I do not know whether there is an appeal against the ruling of the court in Belize from July 16 to extradite Karol Mello,” the lawyer said, as quoted by TASR.
The next court session dealing with Mello’s case, which involves the charges of organising several murders in Slovakia, is scheduled for August 10.
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Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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23. Jul 2012 at 18:00