A Portuguese court on Thursday denied a U.
The U. Wright, 68, was captured in Portugal in September after a fingerprint provided by U. Wright's lawyer, Manuel Luis Ferreira, told The Associated Press that the judge accepted his arguments that Wright is now Portuguese and that the statute of limitations on the killing had expired.
He declined to provide further details, saying he would hold a news conference later. Wright's return to the United States," according to a statement from the U.
Embassy in Lisbon. The case could be appealed to a higher Portuguese court. A Portuguese court official confirmed the extradition request was refused, but provided no details. She spoke on condition of anonymity because she wasn't authorized to discuss the case.
Portuguese court proceedings for extraditions and many other type of cases are conducted in secrecy with no public access to the proceedings, filings or decisions. Wright spent seven years in a U. Authorities say Wright and three associates had already committed multiple armed robberies on Nov.
Patterson's daughter, Ann, said in an she hopes U. Wright was captured in the seaside village where he has lived since less than an hour's drive from Lisbon, and was jailed for about two weeks. But a judge released him about a month s under house arrest.
Ferreira looing told The AP he would argue Wright is now a Portuguese citizen and should be allowed to serve the remainder of his sentence in Portugal, where his wife and two grown children live. Sweeney has repeatedly declined to discuss the legal arguments for extradition presented by the U.
Wright got Portuguese citizenship through his marriage to a Portuguese woman and after the tiny West African nation Guinea-Bissau, a former Portuguese colony, gave him the new name of "Jose Luis Jorge dos Santos" complete with fake names for parents and made him a citizen. The identity from Guinea-Bissau was granted after the country gave Wright political asylum in the s, and that was accepted by Portugal when it granted him citizenship, according to his lawyer.
He made hoy way to Detroit and became a militant in the Black Liberation Army. InWright dressed as a priest and used an alias to hijack a Delta flight from Detroit to Miami along four others, police say.
Algeria gave the money and plane back to the U. The other four were captured and convicted of hijacking in Paris, but Wright managed to avoid the dragnet and slipped away. He met his lolking wife, Maria do Rosario Valente, in Lisbon in The couple moved in the early s to Guinea-Bissau where Wright lived openly using his real name and socialized with U.
His wife also did translation work for years for the U. Embassy in Bissau.
They lived there until they moved back to Portugal in to a whitewashed house with terra-cotta roof tiles in the tiny town of Almocageme, 28 miles from Lisbon and close to broad Atlantic beaches. Valente said last loojing that her husband is a changed man who "regrets the choices he has made. If he could, he probably would have made different choices. Valente said her husband has become a more peaceful man lactating escort fargo his days as a militant.
She showed the AP photographs of paintings by Wright and art work at local buildings — a skill which has allowed him to earn money in Portugal among other odd jobs he's done over the years. Fluent in Portuguese, Wright worked a series of jobs in Portugal as decorative painter, nightclub bouncer and barbecue chicken restaurant manager. IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.
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