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Pannun plot case | Czech court docket guidelines Indian nationwide will be extradited to U.S.


File image of a banner of Sikh separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun
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A Czech appeals court docket has dominated that Prague can extradite to the United States an Indian man accused by the U.S. of involvement in an unsuccessful plot to kill Sikh separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on American soil, the Justice Ministry stated on Friday.

A last resolution on the extradition of Nikhil Gupta, 52, will likely be within the fingers of Justice Minister Pavel Blazek as soon as the ruling is delivered to all events within the case, a ministry spokesperson advised Reuters.

Mr. Gupta has been accused by U.S. federal prosecutors of working with an Indian authorities official on the plot to kill a New York City resident who advocated for a sovereign Sikh state in northern India.

Mr. Gupta was arrested by Czech authorities in June final 12 months when he travelled from India to Prague.

A Czech information web site which first reported on the appeals resolution, stated Mr. Gupta had argued his identification was mistaken and that he was not the person the United States was in search of. He described the case was political, it stated.

“The time frame for the minister’s decision cannot be assumed at this point,” the Justice Ministry spokesman stated, including that Mr. Gupta might be anticipated to take all steps doable to attempt to forestall extradition.

The minister has three months to show to the Supreme Court in case he has doubts concerning the decrease court docket’ choices, the spokesperson stated.

The Prague High Court rejected Mr. Gupta’s attraction towards a December resolution by a decrease court docket that dominated that extradition is allowed.

A spokesperson for the Prague High Court declined quick remark.

The Czech Republic has prior to now agreed to U.S. extradition requests. A lawyer for Mr. Gupta didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The Czech information web site quoted the lawyer as saying he would ask the minister to not extradite Mr. Gupta, and would additionally take the case to the Constitutional Court.

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