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Dual Citizen Charged with Murder

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The Nicaraguan citizen; Orlando Tercero, a suspect in the murder of 22-year-old student; Haley Anderson from Binghamton University (New York State University – SUNY) has now been formally charged with her murder. Tercero was arrested in Nicaragua where he had fled after allegedly committing the crime and before the body had even been discovered in his home on March 9th 2018. The suspect and the victim (both 22 years old) were studying nursing at SUNY and were previously in a relationship but not at the time of her death. Tercero was arrested by the National Police of Nicaragua when he attended a hospital near Managua to be treated for what has been described by the police as “self-inflicted injuries”.

The process of getting Tercero (a dual US/Nicaraguan citizen) back to the United States could be long and arduous.  While an extradition treaty with Nicaragua does exist (since March 1905), and the offence is one identified in the treaty, that treaty also states that;

Neither country shall be bound to deliver up its own citizens under the treaty, but the executive authority of each shall have that power, if deemed proper to do so.

It will essentially be up to the President of Nicaragua to authorize the extradition of a Nicaraguan citizen (albeit also a US citizen) to answer the charges in the United States. The Senate Minority Leader; Charles Schumer is already involved in the case and is insisting that “considerable diplomatic leverage should be employed to provide justice to Haley Anderson, her family and all who knew and loved her.”

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