[Ppnews] Portugal won't extradite US fugitive George Wright for 4-decade-old crimes

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Court official: Portugal won't extradite US 
fugitive George Wright for 4-decade-old crimes

http://www.globalsaskatoon.com/world/court+official+portugal+wont+extradite+us+fugitive+george+wright+for+4-decade-old+crimes/6442591269/story.html
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11:15 AM

LISBON, Portugal - A Portuguese court official 
says American fugitive George Wright won't be 
extradited to the United States after decades on the run.

Portuguese police captured the 68-year-old Wright 
near the capital Lisbon last September, ending 
his more than 40 years on the lam after escaping from a New Jersey prison.

A Lisbon court refused a U.S. request to send 
Wright back to serve the rest of his 15- to 
30-year sentence for a 1962 killing, saying the 
statute of limitations had expired.

Senior judge Luis Maria Vaz das Neves told The AP 
on Wednesday that the U.S. did not use its last 
chance of appeal to Portugal's constitutional Court.

He said, "this case is now closed."

The U.S. Department of Justice had no immediate comment.

© The Canadian Press, 2012




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