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Two Trinidadians extradited to face trial for the murder of US citizen

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Port of Spain Trinidad May 23: Two Trinidadians have been extradited to the US in connection with the case - Russel Joseph of Bourg Mulatresse, Santa Cruz, on May 8 and Winston Gittens, 42, of San Juan, on May 12.

They were indicted by the United States under Section 3 of the Taking of Hostage Act of 1993 and face charges of conspiring to engage in the hostage-taking and the hostage-taking of Maharaj.

The United States government and the Trinidad and Tobago government have had a bilateral treaty in place since 1996.

A US embassy release said the US government takes seriously its mission to protect American citizens overseas and in keeping with this mandate, the US government pursues the extradition of individuals allegedly involved in serious criminal acts against American citizens.

Maharaj, a 62-year-old US war veteran was abducted on April 6 last year while liming at the Samaan Tree Bar in Aranjuez. He was visiting relatives at Chandy Lane, El Socorro.

His remains were found on January 8 at Grande Curacaye, Santa Cruz.

The Embassy has acknowledged the professionalism of the Anti-kidnapping Squad and the Homicide Bureau and thanked them for their hard work and dedication. The Embassy has also acknowledged and thanked the Trinidad and Tobago government for its continued cooperation and support in the Maharaj case and others.

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