Former officer fighting extradition given leave to petition to Privy Council for appeal

The Court of Appeal yesterday refused permission for a former policeman to challenge an extradition order to the Privy Council after determining that his proposed appeal did not raise any “points of law of public importance”.

However, the appellate court has stayed its ruling for 60 days to allow Nyahuma Bastian to apply directly to the Privy Council for an appeal.

Bastian, 44, was arrested on charges of burglary, sexual assault, aggravated assault and causing harm to his former girlfriend in April 2001, while they were both students at the University of Texas.

An arrest warrant was issued in 2002 after Bastian, who was on bail, failed to appear for his trial.

By the time American authorities located him and requested his extradition in 2010 he was working as a corporal at the Central Detective Unit.

Bastian has been in custody at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services since the Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal against an extradition order.

He had been on bail for almost a decade while fighting the extradition request.

Murrio Ducille represents Bastian and Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Neil Brathwaite appears for the requesting state.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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