There is a possibility that the extradition of the suspect in the death of an American tourist in Mexico will be delayed due to political issues.
The family of Shanquella Robinson, a tourist from North Carolina who died in a mysterious manner at a resort in Mexico, has stated that they are still waiting for word of an arrest in the murder of their loved one. At the same time, experts have warned that there likely will be “political” hurdles in the way of extraditing a suspect from the United States.
Mexican officials issued a request for the arrest of an unknown suspect in the death of a 25-year-old woman on October 29, which was determined to be the result of a “direct attack.” The order was issued two weeks ago.
However, since the warrant was issued, a so-called red notice from Interpol had still not been issued for the suspect, according to the Charlotte Observer. This is despite the fact that Mexican authorities have requested that the person be extradited from the United States to face charges.
A treaty on extradition was first signed between the two nations in 1978.
According to the paper, the request is currently being looked into by the Justice Department of the United States, and once that investigation is complete, it will be sent to the State Department for final approval.
According to criminal defense attorney and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City Dmitriy Shakhnevich, what happens next is more of a “political matter” than a “legal issue.” This is what he told the Observer.
The United States will comply with an extradition request from a country with which it has a treaty “more often than not,” according to the phrase.
According to what Shakhnevich told the paper, the authorities in the United States will pursue the people for whom an arrest warrant was issued if they determine that doing so is warranted.
“And then those people will engage in a legal process here in the United States, which involves going through the federal courts and then ultimately appealing (the extradition decision) to the secretary of state,” he added. “And then those people will engage in a legal process here in the United States.”
According to the report from the news outlet, the FBI will conduct an investigation to determine if there is “sufficient cause” for the suspect to be extradited before the US authorities make an arrest of someone who is wanted in another country.
However, establishing the causes does not mean that the FBI will conduct its own investigation or verify the findings of Mexico’s criminal investigation.
Shakhnevich provided an explanation, saying, “But again, the whole purpose of the treaty is so that one country doesn’t really question the other, right?” “The treaty signifies that we are understanding of each other’s legal processes in such a way that if we come to a decision, then that decision must be abided by,”
The FBI has provided confirmation that an investigation is taking place but has refrained from providing any additional details.
At first, it was believed that Robinson had passed away at the chic Fundadores Beach Club in San José del Cabo as a result of alcohol poisoning. However, a death certificate revealed that she had suffered a “severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation,” which is an instability of the neck vertebrae.
After some time had passed, a frightening video surfaced showing Robinson being viciously beaten at the luxurious rental villa by one of the ladies in a group of friends who had accompanied her to Mexico. The video was taken by one of the women who had traveled to Mexico with Robinson.
When asked by the Observer about whether or not the State Department will extradite the suspect, a spokeswoman for the department declined to comment.
Earlier, when asked about the extradition issue by the Observer, the State Department stated that “as a matter of established practice, the department does not comment on extradition proceedings.”
“Due to privacy and law enforcement considerations, the department does not provide confirmation of or commentary on investigations,” the statement said, adding that it was “closely monitoring the investigation” that was being conducted by local authorities.
According to a report by the local news portal MetropliMx, which was based on information provided by a source that was not identified, Robinson was traveling with at least one other person who was detained in the United States.
The Observer reported that it did not find any confirmation that the person who was said to be the suspect had been detained or arrested despite widespread rumors to that effect.
During this time, a demonstration called for by the Million Youth March of Charlotte and Salisbury is scheduled to take place at 4 o’clock. WCNC reports that the event took place on Saturday at the Little Rock AME Zion Church in uptown Charlotte.
Quilla Long, the dead woman’s sister, gave an interview on Wednesday in which she discussed her expectations for the future.
Everyone is getting arrested and serving their sentence there. That will be justice for both of us, she said to the media organization.
According to Mario Black, the founder of the Million Youth March of Charlotte and Salisbury, who gave an interview to WCNC, “The way she left us shouldn’t have ever happened.”
“All I want is for everyone to go away with a feeling of love, unity, and hope,” she said. “Love is the answer, and it triumphs over every obstacle,” he continued.