Tuesday, August 15, 2006

If in Israel, Can Kobi Alexander Be Extradited to the US?

If it turns out that Kobi Alexander is in Israel, the issue may be whether he can be extradited back to the United States.  (see post here) According to the Wall Street Jrl here, Robert Morvillo,  Alexander's attorney, is stating that he has no idea of the whereabouts of his client. Morvillo states that his client is an Israeli citizen which may make extradition difficult. 

Eddie Antar  (Crazy Eddie Inc.'s founder) was extradited from Israel to the United States in January of 1993. He had tried to seek asylum in Israel, but failed after three years. (See Philadelphia Inquirer Jan. 11, 1993, at A1)  Alexander, however, may be an Israeli citizen and as such there may be different laws applicable here. Israel, like some European countries (See Baltimore Sun, Oct. 23, 1997, at 2A), has rules that permit the home country of the individual to prosecute the accused as opposed to extraditing them. Thus, Alexander, as an Israeli, may be subject to prosecution in Israel.  If this applies, this would not be the first time that Israel prosecuted an individual for a crime in the United States. Samuel Sheinbein left the United States for Israel.  He eventually entered a plea in Israel related to a homicide occurring in Maryland and was sentenced and imprisoned in Israel. 

Kobi Alexander's case may present additional issues: does it make a difference whether the crime is also a crime in Israel, and is this alleged conduct a crime in Israel?



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I can tell you that if he is in Israel and there's a prize over his head someone will sure go and tell the FBI, it's not a secret that people here want to make money over other people's crime.

Posted by: Shay | Aug 19, 2006 4:51:34 AM

I was the former CFO of Crazy Eddie and Eddie Antar's cousin. I also testified against Eddie and his family in the criminal and civil trials and helped the government in its efforts to extradite him. Eddie was extradited because he was a US citizen and became a dual citizen in an attempt to use the "law of return" to avoid being extradited. I spoke with sources in the government. Mr. Alexander cannot be extradited if he is not a US citizen but can be tried in Israel. However, the US can seek return of his assets under the Hague convention.

Posted by: Sam E Antar | Aug 21, 2006 5:42:02 PM

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