Lawyer: Portugal Denies US Appeal For Fugitive
Country will not send back George Wright
LISBON, Portugal — Portugal's Supreme Court has refused a request from the U.S. to extradite American fugitive George Wright, his lawyer said Thursday.
Wright's lawyer Manuel Luis Ferreira said the court rejected an appeal by the U.S. against a lower court's decision that denied extradition a month ago.
"The Supreme Court has denied the appeal," Ferreira told The Associated Press. "They notified me today."
The U.S. can now appeal to Portugal's Constitutional Court if it chooses to.
Ferreira said he did not have details of the ruling. In Portugal, extradition cases are conducted in secret. Ferreira said Wright intends to remain in Portugal.
A Lisbon judge decided against Wright's extradition in November, two months after he was captured in Portugal following four decades on the run.
The U.S. Justice Department filed an appeal less than two weeks later.