Ex-Wegelin Banker Gets Retrial Over U.S. Extradition

A former Swiss banker charged four years ago with helping Americans evade taxes won a last-minute appeal for a new chance to fight his extradition to the U.S.

Roger Keller, one of three Wegelin & Co. bankers indicted in the U.S. in January 2012, won a complaint at Germany’ Federal Constitutional Court ordering a new hearing in the case, according to his lawyer Sebastian Gall. The ruling overturns a Frankfurt court that in October had cleared the extradition.

The court said the lower tribunal needs to look into whether the U.S. would limit prosecution to offenses mentioned in the extradition papers. Such limitations are mandated by public international law and a violation would gravely infringe Keller’s constitutional rights, according to the judgment.

Recent U.S. case law puts doubts on whether Keller can win limits to the charges in American court once he’s extradited, the German judges wrote.

The case is: BVerfG, 2 BvR 175/16.

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