JAMAICA OBSERVER – Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, banned for life from football-related activities, won the first round Friday in his battle to avoid extradition to the United States.
Justice James Aboud granted leave for Warner’s legal team to pursue his challenge of the extradition order filed against him as part of the corruption scandal unveiled last May by the US Justice Department.
Aboud backed Warner’s position that the challenge of the “legality of the extradition order … was more than arguable” and granted a stay of the proceedings at the Magistrates court, which was adjourned to February 26 for hearing and further direction before the start of the trial.
Warner, 72, is wanted on a host of bribery, money laundering and racketeering charges related to allegations of corruption at the highest level of the world governing body for football.
“Very pleased,” Warner said as he departed the Trinidad and Tobago Hall of Justice in the capital Port-of-Spain.