Colombia’s Supreme Court refuses to extradite Daniel Angel of investment company DMG to the United States. According to the high court Angel had already been tried in Colombia for the same crimes.
The Supreme Court refused a request by the United States government to extradite Angel, public relations manager of DMG and associate of disgraced and convicted director David Murcia, on the grounds that Colombian courts had already tried him for the same crimes.
A delegate for the Prosecutor General’s Office filed a motion before the Supreme Court in favor of Angel’s extradition.
“The prosecution believes that the ruling issued in Colombia did not include some of the acts referred to in the decision of the District Court for the Southern District of New York, relating to money laundering of drug proceeds,” stated the motion.
Assets reported by Angel did not correspond to his earnings at DMG. He was also unable to account for the 500 million pesos discovered at his residence. In light of this evidence, Angel accepted a plea bargain with the prosecution to halve his sentence, which was to be about eight years.
Angel’s boss, DMG director David Murcia, was convicted of money laundering and illicit enrichment last month. His defense is in favor of extradition to the United States where, they argue, he will receive a fairer trial than at the hands of Colombian authorities. Murcia claims that Angel moved large sums of money to Mexico without his consent.