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Deedo appeal begins

Published:Monday | May 5, 2008 | 8:53 AM

The Appeal case involving St. Ann businessman Deedo Nembhard is set to begin today.

Nembhard along with Colombian barber Luis Miguel Arias and Jamaicans Robroy Williams, Glenford Williams and Vivian Dalley are appealing against their extradition.

They are wanted in the US to face charges for conspiracy to export cocaine to that country between 1998 and 2004.

On Friday the Appeal Court ordered the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), to disclose whether Supreme Court Judge, Lloyd Hibbert handled any matter relating to Nembhard while he was at the office of the DPP.

Lawyers for Nembhard have raised a constitutional point that Justice Hibbert should not have participated in his extradition case in the Supreme Court.

They claim there could be an element of bias because Hibbert was responsible for the handling of all extradition cases when he was a prosecutor in the Office of the DPP.

The lawyers argue that by virtue of his former position at the DPP, Judge Hibbert acted for or represented the US government in relation to extradition matters.

Based on that argument, the lawyers urged the Appeal Court to make an order for disclosure of all the cases in which the judge was involved when he was at the DPP\'s office.