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‘Bob’ & ‘Tico’ to know fate on July 25, 2017

Earl Delville Hodge aka ‘Bob Hodge’, left, and ex Customs Officer, Roberto Harrigan aka ‘Tico’, right, are currently on bail with strict curfew conditions. Photo: VINO/File
Magistrate Shawn Innocent has set July 25, 2017 as the date for Earl D. Hodge aka Bob Hodge and Roberto Harrigan aka Tico to know his decision as it relates to their extradition hearing. Photo: Facebook
Magistrate Shawn Innocent has set July 25, 2017 as the date for Earl D. Hodge aka Bob Hodge and Roberto Harrigan aka Tico to know his decision as it relates to their extradition hearing. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Magistrate Shawn Innocent has set July 25, 2017 as the date for Earl D. Hodge aka Bob and Roberto Harrigan aka Tico to know his decision as it relates to their extradition hearing.

The hearing was heard in camera over three weeks in the Magistrate’s Court in John’s Hole.

And for the first time in any court proceedings in the Virgin Islands (British), the prosecution demanded the Governor, who ordered the second hearing of the two men on the request of the United States Justice Department, to appear in court physically as opposed to the submission of a written document which is the usual practice.

The same governor, John S. Duncan OBE, had exercised his powers in the VI Constitution to take monies from the Consolidated Fund to pay for the extradition hearing, among other things.

This is the second time in the history of the relationship between the Virgin Islands (VI) and the United States of America (USA), a treaty signed years ago between the USA and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, called an extradition treaty, is being tested.

The first extradition request was made by the USA in 2011 to have two men extradited to the US mainland and, according to a former Deputy Governor Elton Georges, “this to my memory is the second such request as one was made in the 90s but it failed on technicality.”

It is our understanding that the Treaty is administered by the USA State Department and the request document was signed in 2011 by then Secretary of State Hillary D. Rodham Clinton to have Earl Delville Hodge, aka ‘Bob Hodge’, and ex Customs Officer, Roberto Harrigan aka ‘Tico’ brought to the USA to be tried for alleged narcotics transactions.

The first extradition hearing went in favour of Hodge and Harrigan.

Meanwhile, the historic second extradition hearing was being funded to the tune of over $15,000 a month, which included salary, allowances, security and other associated costs for an imported Magistrate, Mr Shawn Innocent of St Lucia.

The extradition hearing began on June 6, 2017.

If this extradition succeeds, a warrant will then be issued for Hodge and Harrigan to be extradited to the USA to stand trial. However, the men have a total of 14 days to appeal the order by filing a writ of habeas corpus.

23 Responses to “‘Bob’ & ‘Tico’ to know fate on July 25, 2017”

  • DON Q (28/06/2017, 10:24) Like (9) Dislike (31) Reply
    Wow let my people go!
  • FreedomFreedom (28/06/2017, 11:49) Like (18) Dislike (30) Reply
    Magistrate Innocent, live up to your name -- let our men go free. The US has done enough wickedness in the world, why are they interested in prosecuting a few men and they do not prosecute themselves for what they did to our ancestors when they enslaved them and lynched hundreds in the South? Were they ever prosecuted for what they did to the Africans? As sure as the sun sets in the west, that day is fast approaching when you will understand what Ancestral vengance means. It will be swift, steady and you will know that the God of our Ancestors is very much alive and you shall see the judgment of the wicked. It has murdered our babies in their Planned Parenthood scheme to keep down the black race; it has incarcerated our men so that our population do not grow, it has stifled the growth of our race whenever we try to get together to advance our cause, and to this day it is threatened by the success of a few. Come people, see the nation returning to a "brown nation" as in the past. It is unstoppable. We are melanin and we shall not die. Though it tarries, we wait for the deliverance of our people. We have started; first black president - take that. We are uniting and all plans to displace our people will miraculously be rendered nugatory. Rise up, mighty black race.
    • Call a racist a racist (28/06/2017, 13:25) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      You are a racist!
      • Reply (28/06/2017, 22:29) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        Are you kidding? It is well established that Blacks cannot be racist
      • YesEye (29/06/2017, 11:15) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
        I believe FreedomFreedom hit the nail on the head.. he called out America. I don't think the facts presented amounts to racism. Look like you running scared the predictions are eminent. On the definition of racism, nothing in that post appears to show prejudice against one people over the other or holding prejeducial feelings towards another group. You may not like the post, but sure sounds true. Sorry it mashup your corn.
    • What? (28/06/2017, 15:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      That was some really good weed.
      • Hmm not so fast (28/06/2017, 22:11) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        It probably was some good weed .......while reading the bible........Isaiah 14:2 says.......and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.....

        Freedom Freedom obviously knows that the 400 years is coming to an end soon 1619-2019........it's you who don't know what's up.....get informed .......check YouTube ......the Hebrew Israelites got plenty videos to enlighten you....stop insulting the blogger ........the signs are in plain sight.....
      • usa5 (05/07/2017, 07:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        It's not weed they going down for. Read the indictment document the US have (Google it). They have lots on these guys.
  • POPE (28/06/2017, 13:50) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    this is not justice its just the white man
  • US (28/06/2017, 15:30) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    @Freedom Freedom, let me just clap back for a moment. Since we are full of wickedness, why do you come to the US for medical treatments, shopping and most of all use the US dollar. You are no more than one ignorant, jerkerfied racist.
    • Eyesopenwidenow (29/06/2017, 11:26) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      It hurt you no? You think the people not taking up a book to know what's going on about their people? What does Freedom's post got to do with travelling to America, spending US dollar or travelling to USA? The post is talking about the non-punishment of America for their role in the black holocaust. It is well true that blacks are incarcerated more to help those who own businesses in prisons and also to keep the black race under. You are not truthful, US, but want to calling people racist. Check the meaning, man. If the tables were turned in the VI, you would be whopping us again. Be honest, man, America's days are numbered and you, US, going down with it.
  • BoSang (28/06/2017, 18:43) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    The governor refused to deport foreigners convicted for drugs and weapons here in our courts but pushing for our people to go to Amerika slaughter house. Hmmm.
  • tola (28/06/2017, 18:54) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    Our people's staying right here amarica think them could jus come into other people's country and do what them wah and you can't go into there country and do that you think you could've jus go to american an try to bring back other guy to the BVI to face trial that would be a no no so plz leave our people's in our country
    • usa (28/06/2017, 23:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @tola, that's how you feel but we are going to get them. The same way you cannot beat the IRS. Let me spell it just in the event you don't know what it is. Internal Revenue Service. You cannot beat the Feds.
      • Itcomingparner (03/07/2017, 17:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Shut your rarm, USA, someone and something bigger than USA is waiting to avenge its people. USA cannot stop it; it is called "Spiritual Payback." For those America lynched, those it enslaved, those whose blood cried from the earth, those who cried and were brokenhearted, look back at history and see what has been the reward of a wicked nation - Farakan said America is more corrupt than any other - so nothing you, the Feds or the IRS can do to stop what's coming. As leaves are majority green, so will America's punishment be - stand fast and see the reward of the wicked. It's coming.
  • Rosan (28/06/2017, 22:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    BVI legal system Smells like a rotten fish.
  • Black Lives Matter (28/06/2017, 22:48) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    this case is all a bizarre mystery.
  • Welsah (28/06/2017, 23:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Welsah
  • wise up (29/06/2017, 11:28) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    If Uncle Sam really want those guys Uncle Sam will put so much pressure on us you will be surprise: we may no longer be able to use the VI passport to travel to USVI...Uncle Sam run things: ask JA people when Uncle Sam wanted Mr Coke; after a while Uncle Sam began the sanctions against JA..Uncle Sam is on evil bad boy do not under estimate the power of the man called Uncle Sam: I wish for the guys to be free
  • Xxx (02/07/2017, 12:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Money for paying overs magistrate to deport we people but not for our school children?


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