Legal Affairs Minister Steadroy Benjamin has announced that the government will turn Leroy King over to the United States to face some eleven fraud charges.
This annpuncement follows a decision by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on Monday.
“So now that he has exhausted all the appeals to which he is entitled the Supreme Court of the land, the Privy Council has ruled, and the government is left with no other option but to comply with the order of the Privy Council”, said the Attorney General.
The Minister said that the US Embassy in Barbados has been in contact with him and the government will carry out the effects of the order that was granted by the court.
The Legal Affairs Minister said that in other words, the order signed by the then Prime Minister, Baldwin Spencer many years ago will take effect as a from the 6th of November this year.
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council reportedly dismissed Leroy King’s appeal to challenge his extradition to the United States on fraud charges.
King is wanted in the United States on 11 fraud related charges stemming from the seven billion US dollar Ponzi scheme carried out by the disgraced American billionaire, former financier and banker Allen Stanford.
The former Chief of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission, (FSRC) mounted several legal challenges to prevent his extradition since he was named a defendant in the fraud case.
Extradition proceedings are expected to begin now that King’s case was dismissed by the Privy Council, which is Antigua and Barbuda’s final appellate court.