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Tonga formally submitted a request for extradition of Dean Jay Fletcher

(Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 08/12/2016)

Tonga formally submitted to the Embassy of the United States in Suva, last Monday December 6th, an extradition request for the return of Dean Jay Fletcher to be tried in Tonga for criminal charges against him.

Fletcher is accused of murdering his wife Patricia Linne Kearney on July 6th.

The extradition request was delivered in person by the Acting Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecutions, ‘Aminiasi Kefu to the US Consular Office in Fiji.

He said this was to be certified before it is delivered through diplomatic channels to the US Department of Justice through the State Department for consideration and processing.

The extradition request will then be submitted by the US Department of Justice to the Federal Court in Honolulu, to consider and decide whether to grant Tonga’s request.

If the US Federal District court grants Tonga’s request, such decision may be reviewed for its legality under a habeas corpus application made by Fletcher to a US Federal Court of Appeals.

Whether the US courts grant Tonga’s request, the ultimate decision to extradite Fletcher or not, will be made by the US government in accordance with its laws.

The extradition request is expected to be presented for consideration by US Attorneys to the Federal District Court in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 10th 2017.

Fletcher escaped from police custody in Vava’u to America Samoa where he was arrested and later transferred to Hawaii and remanded in custody.

© Radio & TV Tonga News 2016