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Atong Ang’s extradition expected soon

OFFICIALS of the National Bureau of Investigation expressed confidence that the former friend of President Estrada, Charlie “Atong” Ang, will be brought back to the country before New Year regardless of whether he files an appeal or not.

NBI officials said the extradition of Ang could be expected late December as the Nevada court is now undertaking the extradition request of the Philippine government.

NBI Director Reynaldo Wy­coco said the Department of Justice and the NBI have justified well the request for Ang’s repatriation from the US.

“Under the legal process, he has the right to file a motion for reconsideration until November 8. If he waives that right, we can bring him home soon. But if he’ll contest that, we see there will just be another layer of processes,” Wycoco said.

In October the Nevada court upheld Ang’s extradition to the Philippines. Ang was arrested in Nevada in November 2001, but has stalled his return to the country when his lawyers appealed his extradition.

–Jonathan Vicente

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