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Spanish art fraud suspect fights US extradition

A Spaniard suspected of perpetrating one of the world's biggest art frauds has been freed ahead of a legal fight over his extradition to the United States. The National Court released Jose Carlos Bergantinos Diaz after he refused voluntary extradition over the $33 million (45 million euro), two-decade scam, court sources said Tuesday. US investigators say he was a leading figure in the sale of fake masterpieces by artists including Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, works that were actually done by a Chinese painter he had met on a Manhattan street corner.

Spanish art fraud suspect fights US extradition

A Spaniard suspected of perpetrating one of the world's biggest art frauds has been freed ahead of a legal fight over his extradition to the United States. Jose Carlos Bergantinos Diaz was released by the National Court after refusing voluntary extradition over the $33 million (45-million-euro), two-decade scam, court sources said Tuesday. US investigators say he was a leading figure in the sale of fake masterpieces by artists including Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, works that were actually done by a Chinese painter he had met on a Manhattan street corner.

Legalities of Amanda Todd's extradition case keep law experts in a muddle

VANCOUVER - Authorities in British Columbia are anxious to bring a Netherlands resident to a Canadian courtroom on cyberbullying charges in a teen suicide case, but legal experts say it's unclear when or even if they might get the chance. The suspect faces Canadian charges including child pornography, extortion, criminal harassment and Internet luring in the case of Amanda Todd. The 15-year-old killed herself in 2012 after posting a video online telling a story of being harassed relentlessly.

Croatia court backs ex-top spy's extradition to Germany

Croatia's Supreme Court has approved the extradition to Germany of a former Yugoslav spy chief wanted for the 1983 murder of a dissident on German soil, his lawyer said Wednesday. Zdravko Mustac's lawyer told AFP it was a "political extradition" and she would appeal to the European Court of Human Rights for a postponement on the grounds her client's rights were being violated. Germany had sought to extradite Mustac under the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), which regulates extradition between European Union member states.

Colombia to extradite accused killers of U.S. agent

Bogota, Apr 10 (EFE).- President Juan Manuel Santos announced Thursday that he signed the order to extradite to the United States the seven Colombians accused of the June 2013 kidnapping and murder of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent. Santos made the announcement in an interview with La FM radio, eight days after Colombia's Supreme Court authorized the extraditions after determining that James Terry Watson was a protected person in the United States. "I already signed it," the president responded to a question on the matter without making any further comment.

Judge orders former NFL star Darren Sharper to remain in jail

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former professional football star Darren Sharper, who is accused of drugging and raping two women in California, must remain in jail in Los Angeles pending a possible extradition request from Arizona over sexual assault charges in that state, a judge ruled on Monday.

Fugitive who ditched monitoring bracelet won't face new charge in U.S.

SEATTLE - A fugitive sex offender from Canada who fled south of the border after removing his electronic monitoring bracelet will not face charges in the sexual assault of a teenage boy in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports prosecutors there say they don't have enough evidence to support the charges against Michael Sean Stanley. Seattle police arrested Stanley on Oct. 22 after a series of calls about noise in a west Seattle alley.

Fugitive who ditched monitoring bracelet won't face new charge in U.S.

SEATTLE - A fugitive sex offender from Canada who fled south of the border after removing his electronic monitoring bracelet will not face charges in the sexual assault of a teenage boy in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports prosecutors there say they don't have enough evidence to support the charges against Michael Sean Stanley. Seattle police arrested Stanley on Oct. 22 after a series of calls about noise in a west Seattle alley.

Czech court allows extradition of man charged in California torture case

PRAGUE (Reuters) - A Czech court has ruled that a 35-year-old man can be extradited to the United States to face charges of abducting, torturing and cutting off the penis of a California owner of a medical marijuana dispensary. The man facing extradition, Hossein Nayeri, is one of four defendants who authorities say in October 2012 tried to force the dispensary owner to divulge the location of cash they mistakenly believed he had hidden in the desert.

Judge to rule Friday on Crown motion to question Magnotta witnesses in Europe

MONTREAL - The judge overseeing the case of accused murderer Luka Rocco Magnotta will rule Friday on whether he'll accept a Crown motion to have witnesses questioned in France and Germany. Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer said he'll decide whether to OK the request, which would entail taking evidence from witnesses who don't actually attend a Canadian court. Magnotta's trial in the May 2012 death of Concordia University student Jun Lin is scheduled to take place this coming September.
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