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Greek court upholds decision to extradite Australian to the US for drug trafficking

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An Australian man identified as a member of an international drug ring has lost his case after appealing to the Council of State in Greece against his extradition to the United States.

According to Ekathimerini, the man was arrested in Mykonos in July 2021 and was put on a red notice by Interpol for being involved in importing and distributing cocaine in Florida (from Colombia to Australia through California).

A request for his extradition from the US authorities was approved by the Greek courts and, in March 2023, by the justice minister.

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The Australian applied to the Council of State for an appeal of his extradition.

In his appeal, he highlighted severe health concerns linked to a pacemaker implanted while in Greek custody, as well as apprehensions regarding the adequacy of medical services within US detention facilities.

On Wednesday, the Council upheld the extradition decision and said the defendant did not claim that if he was extradited to the US he would not face a fair trial, nor did he provide supportive material for such a threat.

The man is now facing two sentences, a 20-year sentence and a life sentence.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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