Media Contact: Shelly Han
WASHINGTON–The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) announced today the following hearing:
“Justice in the International Extradition System: The Case of George Wright and Beyond”
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Room 2203, Rayburn House Office Building
The Commission will hold a hearing to examine international extradition norms and their impact on U.S. victims of international fugitives. The hearing will review factors that impede or prevent extradition of criminals to the United States, concerns the United States may have regarding extradition requests from other countries, and how the U.S. might work to advance justice in this process. As a case study, the Commission will receive testimony regarding George Wright, who was convicted in 1963 of murdering Walter Patterson during an armed robbery – he is also sought as a prison escapee and for the 1972 hijacking of a passenger jet. Last year he was located in a village in Portugal, but in November a Portuguese court denied the United States’ request to have him extradited.
The Following Witnesses are scheduled to testify:
Ann Patterson, daughter of Walter Patterson
R. J. Gallagher, retired FBI Special Agent
Jonathan Winer, Senior Director, APCO Worldwide, Washington, DC, and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Law Enforcement
*Other witnesses may be added
To view the live webcast click here at the start of the hearing.
The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, is an independent agency of the Federal Government charged with monitoring compliance with the Helsinki Accords and advancing comprehensive security through promotion of human rights, democracy, and economic, environmental and military cooperation in 56 countries. The Commission consists of nine members from the U.S. Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce.