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Case of the Day: United States v. Trabelsi

Nizar Trabelsi
Nizar Trabelsi in happier times.

The case of the day is United States v. Trabelsi (D.C. Cir. 2017). Days after the 9/11 attack, Nizar Trabelsi, a Tunesian national and former professional footballer, was arrested in Belgium. The policy searched his apartment and found an Uzi submachine gun and a list of chemicals used to make explosives. He was charged with conspiracy, destruction by explosion, possession of weapons of war, and belonging to a private militia. He was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison.
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Update on the Alexander Hilton Extradition Case

I’ve written several posts on the extradition case of Alexander Hilton here in Boston. Here’s my summary from the first post:

Hilton, then a student at St. Andrews University, was accused by the Scottish authorities of the attempted murder of Robert Forbes, a fellow student, in March 2011. The claim was that Hilton induced Forbes “to consume a quantity of methanol mixed with red wine.” After the Scottish authorities made a request for extradition, Hilton was arrested on a complaint brought by the US Attorney under 18 U.S.C. § 3184.

Hilton conceded that there was a valid extradition treaty, that the crime charged was covered by the treaty, and that the government had shown probable cause to believe that he had committed the offense charged. However, he resisted extradition. He pointed to his mental health problems, which the magistrate judge could not justify relief. He also claimed that extradition would violate his constitutional rights because under Scots law, Hilton would be tried by a jury of 15, and he could be convicted by a majority vote of the jury.

The magistrate judge rejected this argument and issued a certificate of extraditability.

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