Former FIFA vice-president, Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, on Friday filed an appeal challenging an extradition order issued by the United States, saying that it goes against the extradition laws of Trinidad and Tobago.
“I am concerned that the amount of money it will take to defend myself in relation to these charges will drain all of my resources and leave me in a parlous financial state during my last years when I am found not guilty,” he said.
The former politician, who appeared in the High Court, also deemed illegal the go ahead given by Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi to proceed with the extradition process.
According to documents supporting his application for leave, Warner said since the beginning of the process to have him face criminal prosecution in the US, he has had significant and persistent anxiety over the extradition process.
He is scheduled to return to court on Wednesday, but this matter will be stayed pending the outcome of the determination of the judicial review application, which could take years if the case goes to the Privy Council.