Former FIFA Vice President, Austin “Jack” Warner has won the first round in his battle against extradition to the United States to face corruption charges related to his time as a top executive of football’s world governing body.
A High Court in Trinidad has granted him permission to challenge the legality of the extradition proceedings, which means that the process in the magistrate’s court has been put on hold.
Justice James Aboud on Friday granted Warner the leave, based on two of the three grounds argued by his attorneys: that some of the provisions in Trinidad and Tobago’s Extradition Act did not conform with the Extradition Treaty between the twin-island republic and the US, and that he was denied the opportunity to have his attorneys make representation to the Attorney General on the matter.
Warner’s legal team has 14 days – until February 5th – to file their claim. The State will then also have 14 days to respond. The case has been adjourned until February 26th.