Canadian murder suspect loses appeal against extradition to US

Canadian murder suspect loses appeal against extradition to US

Canadian murder suspect Matthew Alexander McGowan makes a 'mini heart' gesture near the tattooed picture of a woman on his upper arm as he arrived at the Criminal Court for his extradition hearing on June 13 last year. (File photo)
Canadian murder suspect Matthew Alexander McGowan makes a 'mini heart' gesture near the tattooed picture of a woman on his upper arm as he arrived at the Criminal Court for his extradition hearing on June 13 last year. (File photo)

A Canadian national has lost his appeal against extradition to the United States after the Appeal Court upheld a lower court ruling to send him to face a murder charge there.

The court’s ruling was read out at the Criminal Court on Wednesday

The extradition was sought by the Office of the Attorney-General's International Affairs Department against Matthew Alexander McGowan.

Mr McGowan is accused of fatally shooting another person in September 2017 in Florida. The Canadian man was arrested in Thailand in November 2018 and bail requests have been rejected.

The US sought his extradition soon after his arrest but Mr McGowan has refused to be extradited.

According to the court, accounts given by Miami police and prosecutors in Florida handling the case as well as an image of the suspect captured in CCTV footage strongly point to Mr McGowan having been involved in the crime.

Mr McGowan was brought to the Criminal Court on Wednesday from the Bangkok Remand Prison where he had been detained since his arrest in November 2018.

On June 13, 2019, the Criminal Court ordered his extradition to the US.  McGowan appealed against the extradition. He insisted he was not the person described in the extradition request.

A plaintiff witness who was a diplomat testified before the court that the defendant was the person in the arrest warrant issued by the US court. 

Immigration police told the court that checks found that the defendant was the person wanted by the US.

The Appeal Court upheld the lower court’s ruling to extradite McGowan to the US on the grounds that he was the person on the arrest warrant and it was not a political case.

After hearing the verdict, McGowan asked the court via an interpreter whether he could appeal the ruling again. But the court said it was final. He was later taken back to the prison.

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