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Extradition process to take time

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Nidal Waked will remain in Colombia for more than a year waiting for extradition, his lawyer Luis Carlos González said.

In principle, he explained, the defense for the businessman, detained in Colombia since Wednesday, said the process could be streamlined, though he said, at a minimum, the process will take six months. That's how long he estimated it would take for documentation to pass through the Prosecutor's Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Supreme Court and, finally, the Presidency.

Gonzalez, who said yesterday in an interview with La Prensa that he has known Nidal Waked for approximately 20 years, said that his client, as well as his uncle Abdul, has no visa to enter the United States.

"Perhaps it is due to his Lebanese descent," he commented.

The lawyer also said that there is no commercial links between the two men, who are uncle and nephew.

When asked if his client was interested in a plea deal, Gonzalez responded that the issue has not been discussed because his client did not commit any crime.

Gonzalez also said that the extradition treaty signed between Colombia and the United States limits the maximum penalty that can be imposed on his client to 30 years, unlike the 50 years threatened by the U.S. government.

Gonzalez said authorities have treated his client "with dignity."

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