[sixties-l] Decision Due Thursday on Einhorn Extradition

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Date: Mon Jul 16 2001 - 16:37:25 EDT

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    Monday, July 16, 2001

    Decision Due Thursday on Einhorn Extradition


    PARIS (Reuters) - The European Court of Human Rights will decide on
    Thursday whether to ask France again to delay the extradition of U.S.
    fugitive Ira Einhorn, a spokeswoman for the court said on Monday.
    The former hippie guru and anti-war activist, 61, slit his throat and cut
    one of his wrists last Thursday in an attempt to avoid being sent home to
    face trial for the murder of his girlfriend Holly Maddux in 1977.
    His lawyers have appealed to the European court in Strasbourg after
    France's highest administrative court ruled he should be extradited. The
    Strasbourg court asked France last week to delay extradition moves until
    July 19.
    "The court will make a decision on Thursday whether or not to (recommend
    that France) prolong the decision not to extradite," the spokeswoman Emma
    Hellyer said.
    She said the court would examine information from French authorities on
    Einhorn's health before taking its decision.
    Einhorn was sentenced in his absence by a court in Pennsylvania to life
    imprisonment in 1993 for bludgeoning Maddux to death. He was tracked to
    France in 1997 and is under police surveillance at his home in the village
    of Champagne-Mouton, western France.
    Einhorn denies killing Maddux. He says he was framed because he opposed the
    Vietnam War.
    The Strasbourg court has yet to determine whether Einhorn's appeal is
    If it admits the appeal, judges will examine whether extradition to the
    state of Pennsylvania, which practices the death penalty, violates the
    European Convention of Human Rights.
    France is not obliged to abide by the court's ruling, but Hellyer has said
    it is usual for governments to do so.

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