'Ninety's' lawyers retaliate
Lawyers for Samuel "Ninety" Knowles are proposing to move ahead with contempt of court proceedings against Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell over the accused drug kingpin's extradition to the United States. Knowles was flown to Florida on Monday after the extradition order clearing the way for him to face drug charges in the US was signed and executed. The Minister of Foreign Affairs must endorse all extradition orders. Attorneys for Knowles said the move to turn their client over to US officials was in violation of a pending appeal against the country's extradition request. "This scenario amounts to the pre-emption of the judicial process by the Executive," attorney Roger Minnis wrote to Mr Mitchell yesterday in a letter seen by The Nassau Guardian. "Moreover, this action was quite contrary to a specific undertaking given in open court before Mr Justice (Hugh) Small that Mr Knowles would not be extradited whilst legal proceedings were pending." The US had made two extradition requests which were appealed separately through the court system up to the highest level, the London-based Privy Council.
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