A Danish woman will not be extradited to the United States on charges of smuggling ecstasy pills. The Lyngby District Court has ruled that the case comes under the Statute of Limitations and says it is unhappy with information received from the United States.
This information could not justify extradition, the court says.
The prosecutor disagreed and has appealed the decision to the High Court.
According to U.S. authorities, the CB was one of the masterminds of a group of smugglers who picked up 100,000 ecstasy pills in Holland and took them to Florida in the late 1990s.
According to the prosecution in Florida, the woman was the girlfriend of the head of the organization, helping to enlist smugglers and laundering the large amounts of cash proceeds. The woman denies the charges.
When U.S. authorities began to investigate the affair, the woman returned to Denmark and could not, at that time, be extradited to the United States. Her repatriation took place after an FBI agent told her that she was a suspect in the affair.
It was not until anti-terrorism laws passed through the Danish Parliament in 2002 that it became possible to seek the extradition of Danes from Denmark. Last summer, the Florida Prosecution Service formally made an extradition application.
No faith in U.S. justice
CB was arrested and imprisoned pending the outcome of her extradition hearing. The Danish Prosecutor General and the Justice Ministry concluded that she could be extradited.
However, the woman and her defence attorney contested extradition at the Lyngby District Court, arguing that her extradition was being applied for under laws introduced after the crime with which she was charged had been committed.
At the same time, the court found that the woman, as a Dane living in Denmark, should be tried according to Danish principles of law and with the legal guarantees valid in Denmark.
No refuge for narcotics smugglers
The Danish prosecution, on the other hand, maintains that the woman has lived in the United States for 18 years and should not be able to hide behind her Danish nationality.
The woman’s 9-year-old daughter has been with a foster family during her incarceration and case.
According to her defence, she stands to be sentenced to 60 years in prison if found guilty in the United States.
Edited by Julian Isherwood