Former International football strongman, Jack Warner, yesterday suffered a major setback in his fight against extradition to face corruption charges in the United States, after the court of appeal dismissed a judicial review challenging that extradition.
The 76-year-old Trinidadian had his initial claim for judicial review dismissed by high court judge James Aboud in 2017 but had subsequently challenged the ruling, contesting the process by which the extradition proceedings against him were being carried out and seeking to quash the authority to proceed (ATP) which was signed in 2016 by attorney general Faris Al-Rawi.
A former powerful former FIFA vice-president and Concacaf president, Warner also challenged the legality of the extradition act, and the treaty signed between this country and the United States .
The court of appeal stayed the magisterial proceedings for 21 days pending an application by warner for permission to argue his case at the London-based Privy Council, the country’s highest and final court
Warner, who is on a us$369, 365 bail, was one of nine former and current executives of football’s world governing body, FIFA, to be named in a 47-count indictment by then us attorney general, Loretta Lynch, back in 2015.
The indictment alleged racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies among other offenses spanning 24 years in a scheme “to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer”.
But Warner has claimed the case against him is politically motivated, accusing the United States of seeking revenge because it lost to Qatar in its bid to host the 2022 World Cup.