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Portuguese judge: U.S. fugitive won’t be extradited
LISBON (AP) — Portugal won’t extradite American fugitive George Wright to the United States for crimes he committed there four decades ago, after the U.S. ran out of possibilities to appeal the decision to let him stay, a Portuguese court official said Wednesday.
A Lisbon court in November refused a U.S. request to send Wright back to serve the rest of his 15- to 30-year sentence for the 1962 killing of a gas station attendant during a robbery in New Jersey. A judge ruled that the statute of limitations had expired.
Portugal’s Supreme Court twice rejected U.S. appeals of that decision. The United States did not use its last chance of appeal to Portugal's Constitutional Court by last week’s deadline, Senior Judge Luis Maria Vaz das Neves said.
“This case is now closed,” Judge Vaz das Neves told the Associated Press by telephone.
The case “will be put on a shelf here somewhere,” he said from his office.
The U.S. Department of Justice, contacted by email, made no immediate comment.
Judge Vaz das Neves said the U.S. would need to find other grounds for an extradition request, such as a crime committed more recently, to reopen the case.
Judge Vaz das Neves said the Portuguese statute of limitations on that alleged crime had also expired.
He told the AP his client would be making no immediate comment. He said Wright is considering offers for a book and film about his life. The lawyer declined to elaborate.
The rulings by the Portuguese courts also accepted that Wright is now a Portuguese citizen. He has lived in Portugal, in a seaside village near Lisbon, since 1993 with his Portuguese wife and two children, and he uses the name Jose Luis Jorge dos Santos. Wright got Portuguese citizenship through his 1991 marriage to a Portuguese woman.
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