Israeli High Court Deals a Blow to Soldier's Extradition Fight
Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt a legal blow to an Israeli soldier's fight against extradition to Canada on murder charges, saying Israel need not request additional evidence that the soldier said proved his innocence, reported the Associated Press.
A district court ruled last month that Daniel Weiz, 19, could be extradited to Canada to face second-degree murder charges in the November killing of Dimitri Baranovski, 15, in a Toronto park during a scuffle over money and a pack of cigarettes, said AP.
Two other teens in Canada are in custody facing similar charges.
Weiz petitioned the Supreme Court to order Israel's attorney general to request affidavits given in Canada by teen-agers who were at the park but said they did not see Weiz participate in the killing.
The three-judge panel said that additional evidence from Canada would not affect the lower court's ruling that the affidavits it did consider - from three teens who said they saw Weiz beat Baranovski - constituted grounds for extradition, the agency added.
Weiz, who lives with his mother in Israel, was visiting his father in Toronto at the time of the killing. He has admitted to being in the park but denies kicking and stomping Baranovski to death.
Under Israeli law, an Israeli citizen can be extradited to stand trial in another country but has the option of serving the sentence in Israel if convicted, according to AP - Albawaba.com
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