Friday, December 9, 2016

German Court Denies U.S. Request for Extradition of Wegelin Banker (12/9/16)

We covered in several blog entries the saga of Raoul Weil, a top UBS banker, who was arrested in Italy on an Interpol Red Notice and extradited to the U.S.    See entries on Weil, here.  Now, we have news that a German court has refused to extradite a Wegelin banker, Roger Keller.  Nate Raymond, Ex-Swiss banker goes home after U.S. loses extradition from Germany (Reuters 12/9/16), here.  All posts on Keller can be viewed here.  Key excerpts from the article on Keller are:
A former Swiss banker who was arrested last year in Germany on U.S. charges that he helped wealthy Americans evade taxes is back in Switzerland after the denial of a request to extradite him to the United States from Germany, his lawyer said on Friday. 
Roger Keller, a onetime client adviser in Zurich at Wegelin & Co, was one of three bankers at the now-defunct Swiss private bank charged in a 2012 indictment in New York federal court for helping U.S. taxpayers hide more than $1.2 billion in assets. 
He was arrested in Germany in February 2015 at the request of the U.S. government, which sought his extradition, and served seven months in jail before being granted bail, said Thomas Green, Keller's U.S. lawyer at the law firm Sidley Austin. 
By German court order, he was officially released on Friday after the U.S. request to extradite him was denied, Green said, though Keller had already been allowed to return to Switzerland a "few days ago."
Denial of extradition just wins that battle.  It does not resolve the U.S. criminal charge against Keller.

And, the statute of limitations is determined by the filing of the charges.  And, as to any other charges, the statute would be suspended by § 6531, here, which provides:  "The time during which the person committing any of the various offenses arising under the internal revenue laws is outside the United States or is a fugitive from justice within the meaning of section 3290 of Title 18 of the United States Code, shall not be taken as any part of the time limited by law for the commencement of such proceedings."

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