Leroy King stays; at least for now

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US officials who came to Antigua last week with the hope of returning with fraud accused Leroy King, left empty handed over the weekend.
Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin confirmed the officials were here and that he along with other legal and government officials met with them.
King, the former administrator of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission, is wanted in the US to answer 10 charges for alleged crimes linked to the Allen Stanford 7 billion US dollar Ponzi Scheme.
Minister Benjamin said that at the end of the meeting, it was agreed the US Marshal and Embassy official could not act because King’s challenge to his extradition is still before the court.
Benjamin explains that Section 15 of the Extradition Act states that as long as there is judicial review in process, all matters must be concluded before the accused can be taken anywhere to face the allegations.
King has two matters pending: one at the High Court and another before the Court of Appeal.
US officials have been seeking his extradition since 2009, while, Stanford is already serving a 110- year jail sentence following his conviction several years ago.

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