Former FIFA vice-president Austin “Jack” Warner is confident he will not be extradited to the United States despite a dismissal of his judicial review lawsuit to the Court of Appeal. Warner challenged the process by which the extradition proceedings against him are being carried out. Warner also challenged the legality of the Extradition (Commonwealth and Foreign Territories) Act, and the treaty signed between Trinidad and Tobago and the United States.
The Appeal Court has however stayed the magisterial proceedings for 21 days, pending an application by Warner for permission to argue his case at the Privy Council. Speaking with RJR Sports on Wednesday morning, the former T&T Government minister said he has already started the process.
“There’s a thing called the Privy Council and that’s where I’ll be going to and if the worse comes to the worse, I have several other options,” he said. Warner also noted that he wasn’t surprised about the Appeal Court's decision.
Warner is accused of 12 charges related to fraud, racketeering and engaging in illegal wire transfers. The offences are alleged to have taken place in the United States, T&T and other jurisdictions between 1990 and June 2011 when Warner quit FIFA. Meanwhile, Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Michael Ricketts gave his thoughts on Warner’s failed appeal.