[Ppnews] Portugal won't extradite US fugitive George Wright for 4-decade-old crimes
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Wed Feb 29 11:22:20 EST 2012
Court official: Portugal won't extradite US
fugitive George Wright for 4-decade-old crimes
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.
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