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Pannun 'murder' plot: Czech court clears Indian national Nikhil Gupta's extradition to US 

A final decision on the extradition of Gupta will be in the hands of Justice Minister Pavel Blazek once the ruling is delivered to all parties in the case, a ministry spokesperson said

Jan Lopatka Prague Published 21.01.24, 05:41 AM
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A Czech appeals court has ruled that Prague can extradite to the United States an Indian man accused by the US of involvement in an unsuccessful plot to kill a Sikh separatist on American soil, the justice ministry said on Friday.

A final decision on the extradition of Nikhil Gupta, 52, will be in the hands of Justice Minister Pavel Blazek once the ruling is delivered to all parties in the case, a ministry spokesperson said.

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Gupta has been accused by US federal prosecutors of working with an Indian government official on the plot to kill a New York City resident, who advocated for a sovereign Sikh state in northern India.

Czech authorities had arrested Gupta in June last year when he travelled from India to Prague.

Czech news website www.seznamzpravy.cz, which first reported on the appeals decision, said Gupta had argued his identity was mistaken and that he was not the man the US was looking for. He described the case as political, it said.

“The time frame for the minister’s decision cannot be assumed at this point,” the justice ministry spokesman said, adding that Gupta could be expected to take all steps possible to try to prevent extradition.

The minister has three months to turn to the Supreme Court in case he has doubts about the lower court’s decisions, the spokesperson said.

Prague High Court rejected Gupta’s appeal against a December decision by a lower court that ruled that extradition is allowed.

A spokesperson for the Prague High Court declined immediate comment.

The Czech Republic has in the past agreed to US extradition requests.

A lawyer for Gupta did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Czech news website quoted the lawyer as saying he would ask the minister not to extradite Gupta and would also take the case to the Constitutional Court.

Reuters

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