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Gov’t seeks new extradition treaty with US

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Guyana's government says it hopes to work out a new extradition treaty with the United States after failed efforts to extradite fugitives who fled to the South American country.

Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan says the 1931 treaty established when Britain ruled Guyana is vague and subject to judicial interpretation.

Several suspects sought for US extradition have successfully challenged the treaty in court and remain free in Guyana. They face charges ranging from murder to drug trafficking.

Ramjattan said the US sometimes caught Guyanese fugitives when they visited nearby Trinidad, where the extradition process is easier.