General — 23 February 2007
The Belize Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade issued a statement this week saying that Dwayne Seawell, one of three Belizean brothers wanted by United States authorities in relation to drug trafficking charges, has not been extradited, as had been previously reported to the media, but remains in Jamaica awaiting escort to Belize.
We had reported that Dwayne has been extradited to the U.S. from Jamaica, where he had been detained on immigration charges on Sunday, January 28, 2007.
The Belize Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said Monday, however, that Dwayne “…is the subject of a deportation order issued by Jamaica and remains detained in Jamaica. The ministry remains in regular contact with Jamaican counterparts…”
The Government of Belize’s position is that Seawell should be returned to Belize for extradition hearings here, rather than being taken directly to the U.S., but there is no indication that U.S. authorities will, indeed, accede to that request.
The MFA statement added that, “Pursuant to the extradition treaty between Belize and the USA, the Government of Belize has formally requested the United States of America to provide safe transit for Mr. Seawell to pass through Miami on his return to Belize. This request is currently being considered by the relevant U.S. authorities.”