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Supreme Court reserves judgment in George Flowers extradition challenge

Published:Friday | February 17, 2017 | 12:23 PM

The Supreme Court has reserved judgement on the application filed by the Jamaican man who is challenging his extradition to Canada to answer to sex-related crimes.

George Flowers is contending that warrants signed by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck are flawed and invalid.

The court heard submissions on Wednesday and put off its decision until March 24.

Chuck, the director of public prosecutions, the Commissioner of Corrections and the Attorney General are the respondents.

One of Flower’s attorneys, Don Foote, says the legal team is contending that a warrant signed by Chuck on November 30 last year is invalid because it was signed while their client had a matter before the court.

Foote further contended that the warrant is no longer valid noting that the Extradition Act stipulates that a warrant expires after one month.

The attorney is also challenging a second warrant signed this month.

He is arguing that it is an abuse of power for the Justice Minister to sign a new warrant while the matter is still before the court.

Flowers is wanted in Canada on several counts of aggravated sexual assault, allegedly committed between 1997 and 2011.

He's accused of having sexual intercourse without disclosing his HIV status.

He has been in custody for the past four years awaiting extradition to Canada.