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
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
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.