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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2010 | By Henry Chu and Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times
The Swiss government's decision Monday to free Roman Polanski outraged Los Angeles prosecutors and U.S. officials but effectively ended a legal odyssey that has lurched along with periodic eruptions of public furor since 1977, when the famed director was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl. Polanski will not be extradited to the United States to face sentencing for having unlawful sex with the girl , allowing him to live freely in Switzerland and France, where he has resided since he fled the United States 32 years ago. Swiss justice officials said the U.S. failed to turn over documents they had requested.
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WORLD
October 16, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - In a case that has dogged Anglo-American relations for a decade, Britain said Tuesday that it would not send a confessed computer hacker to the United States to face charges relating to a spectacular break-in of Pentagon databases and other sensitive networks around the time of the Sept. 11 attacks. Home Secretary Theresa May also said that the British government, Washington's closest ally, would reexamine its controversial fast-track extradition treaty with the U.S. to see how some suspects might be kept here in Britain for trial rather than shipped across the Atlantic.
WORLD
March 27, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- The British government Wednesday lost another bid to deport a radical Muslim preacher to face trial in Jordan when a court of appeals rejected a request to reconsider an earlier court decision. After more than a decade of judgments and appeals in British and European courts, cleric Abu Qatada has won several legal battles against deportation. “This is not the end of the road, and the government remains determined to deport Abu Qatada,” said a Home Office spokesperson after the judgment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
A man accused of killing his boyfriend and dumping his severed head, hands and feet below the Hollywood sign two years ago was being held in Texas with bail set at $1 million, pending an extradition hearing. Gabriel Campos-Martinez, 36, faces a single count of murder in the 2012 death of his partner, Hervey Medellin, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Campos-Martinez was arrested by LAPD's elite robbery-homicide detectives Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in state prison.
NEWS
June 23, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - As Edward Snowden, who leaked details of secret U.S. surveillance programs, reportedly arrived in Moscow on Sunday from Hong Kong, officials at the U.S. Department of Justice pledged to continue their attempts to extradite him to face trial in the United States. A department official acknowledged Sunday that the extradition process had broken down during discussions between the United States and Hong Kong. Snowden was never detained in Hong Kong or "under any kind of police protection" while he was staying in Hong Kong, said a department official, speaking anonymously because of the delicate matter of dealing with a host of countries regarding Snowden.
WORLD
April 7, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - A British businessman accused of arranging his bride's murder while on their honeymoon was put on a plane to South Africa on Monday after losing a three-year battle against being extradited to face trial. South African authorities allege that Shrien Dewani took out a contract on his wife's life almost immediately upon the couple's arrival in the country in November 2010 to celebrate their marriage. Anni Dewani, 28, was shot dead and her husband thrown out of their taxi in an apparent carjacking outside Cape Town.
WORLD
July 24, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- British businessman Shrien Dewani on Wednesday lost his bid to avoid extradition from Britain to South Africa to face murder charges in the slaying of his wife on their honeymoon in 2010. His lawyers immediately announced he would appeal Wednesday's decision by a British magistrate to allow Dewani's extradition . Dewani had so far avoided extradition due to severe depression and post-traumatic stress and is under treatment at a mental health facility in his hometown of Bristol.
NEWS
April 18, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Chilean ex-dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet, facing extradition to Spain, said that he would fight the charges against him. "I will fight against this extradition with every ounce of my strength," Pinochet told the Sunday Telegraph. "I am innocent of the charges that I have been accused of, and in my capacity as a soldier of Chile and former president, I will fight to defend my honor and integrity and that of my country," he said.
WORLD
November 17, 2010 | By Paul Richter and John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
The extradition of alleged Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout from Thailand to the United States on Tuesday drew sharp protests from Russian officials, who insist the so-called merchant of death is an innocent businessman. Bout, a former Soviet air force officer who reportedly maintains strong ties to Russian intelligence, had been put aboard a chartered plane under tight security in Bangkok and arrived in suburban New York in manacles late Tuesday. He faces four federal terrorism charges, U.S. officials said.
WORLD
November 16, 2010 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
An alleged Russian arms trafficker who was dubbed the "merchant of death" and inspired the Nicholas Cage thriller "Lord of War" was extradited to the United States on Tuesday to face terrorism charges, Thailand's government announced. Viktor Bout, a former Soviet air force officer who allegedly became one of the world's most prolific arms dealers, was put on an American-bound plane about 1:30 p.m. Bangkok time, officials said. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told reporters that Thai legislators supported an earlier court decision that Bout could be extradited as soon as the U.S. was ready to receive him. Bout, 43, was arrested in March 2008 in Bangkok as part of a joint U.S.-Thai sting operation in which agents posed as arms buyers for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
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