CBC News has learned that extraditing Ager Hasan from the U.S. may take longer than initially thought.
Earlier this week, Waterloo Regional Police told reporters they believed it could be as little as a week and as long as a month before Hasan, 24, is returned to Canada to face his second-degree murder charge.
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But court officials in Texas confirmed to CBC Kitchener-Waterloo that Hasan has been appointed a public defender and his next court date in Texas will be September 11th, 2017. Hasan was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, on July 11
It’s unclear if he will remain in custody in the United States until that next court date, which was likely automatically assigned, said Paul Saputo, a criminal defence lawyer based in Dallas ,Texas, who regularly works on extradition cases.
“It’s a date that’s assigned according to our Speedy Trial Act,” said Saputo.
“It’s still possible that he would be extradited before his next court date [in September],” Saputo told CBC’s The Morning Edition on Friday.
More a diplomatic, than legal, process
Extraditions are rare, and it’s more of a diplomatic process than a legal one, said Saputo.
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