Published On: Sat, Aug 25th, 2012

Addison Diaz lodges an appeal against extradition to Curaçao

WILLEMSTAD — Addison Diaz (42), fugitive prisoner since 2001, will lodge an appeal against his extradition to Curaçao to serve his fifteen-year sentence on account of murder. A judge in Surinam recently adjudged the extradition. However, it is unknown when the court will handle this appeal.

Diaz was arrested in Surinam and brought to the court in Paramaribo on August 3rd by members of the special squad. At the time the judge required additional information from Willemstad. That information was sent to Paramaribo on August 9th. The judge saw no reason not to extradite Diaz.

Elimination attempts

Diaz was sentenced by default in 2001 for the murder of Desmont Mauricio in 2001 on Rooseveltweg. For this murder, Diaz had had one or more Columbian assassins come to the island and provided them firearms. He was arrested for this on December 15th 2000. Interpol also reports that Diaz had ties with the drug world and that he had made several elimination attempts.

Diaz escaped the prison together with a group of prisoners on March 24th 2011. He fled to Venezuela and Interpol issued an international tracing order.

The Public Prosecutor in Willemstad then submitted a request for extradition to Venezuela. It took eight years to handle this request and eventually it was turned down. Diaz was born in Venezuela. His father is from Venezuela and his mother from Curaçao. The law doesn’t allow extradition of a Venezuelan citizen, according to the judge.

However, the Public Prosecutor submitted a request for extradition to Surinam after receiving information recently that Diaz is in that country. Not much is known about Diaz’ arrest. He apparently suffered a bullet wound at the time.

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