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Czech Court Rules For Extradition of Indian Accused In US Murder Plot

Czech Court Rules For Extradition of Indian Accused In US Murder Plot

A Czech court has greenlit the extradition of Nikhil Gupta, a 52-year-old Indian man, accused by the United States of participating in a purported conspiracy to murder Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on American soil, according to a Reuters report. The Czech Justice Ministry announced the decision, placing the final decision in the hands of Justice Minister Pavel Blazek once the ruling is communicated to all relevant parties.

Gupta, apprehended by Czech authorities in Prague in June of the previous year, faces allegations from US federal prosecutors of collaborating with an Indian government official in a plot to assassinate Pannun, a Sikh separatist holding dual US and Canadian citizenship.

Despite Gupta's claims of mistaken identity and his assertion that he is not the person sought by the United States, the Czech court approved the extradition, leading to the potential for a protracted legal battle. Gupta contends that the case is politically motivated.

A spokesperson from the Czech Justice Ministry stated, "The time frame for the minister's decision cannot be assumed at this point." The Justice Minister has a three-month window to consult the Czech Supreme Court if any doubts arise regarding the lower court's decisions. Despite Gupta's earlier appeal dismissal by the Prague High Court against a December ruling allowing extradition, his lawyer urges the Czech court not to authorize the extradition, emphasizing historical cooperation with American extradition requests.

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Czech Court Rules For Extradition of Indian Accused In US Murder Plot

Czech Court Rules For Extradition of Indian Accused In US Murder Plot

A Czech court has greenlit the extradition of Nikhil Gupta, a 52-year-old Indian man, accused by the United States of participating in a purported conspiracy to murder Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on American soil, according to a Reuters report. The Czech Justice Ministry announced the decision, placing the final decision in the hands of Justice Minister Pavel Blazek once the ruling is communicated to all relevant parties.

Gupta, apprehended by Czech authorities in Prague in June of the previous year, faces allegations from US federal prosecutors of collaborating with an Indian government official in a plot to assassinate Pannun, a Sikh separatist holding dual US and Canadian citizenship.

Despite Gupta's claims of mistaken identity and his assertion that he is not the person sought by the United States, the Czech court approved the extradition, leading to the potential for a protracted legal battle. Gupta contends that the case is politically motivated.

A spokesperson from the Czech Justice Ministry stated, "The time frame for the minister's decision cannot be assumed at this point." The Justice Minister has a three-month window to consult the Czech Supreme Court if any doubts arise regarding the lower court's decisions. Despite Gupta's earlier appeal dismissal by the Prague High Court against a December ruling allowing extradition, his lawyer urges the Czech court not to authorize the extradition, emphasizing historical cooperation with American extradition requests.

 
 
 

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