Argentina rules US fugitive can be extradited
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Argentina rules US fugitive can be extradited

Argentina’s Supreme Court has ruled that an American who took refuge and started a new life in the South American country can be extradited to face charges that he killed his wife over a decade ago.

Kurt Sonnenfeld moved to Argentina in 2003 after prosecutors in Denver charged him with first-degree murder. The decision to extradite him brings to an end a longstanding dispute between the U.S. Justice Department and Argentine courts that centered in part on differences over a potential death penalty.

In the December 11 ruling, justices said U.S. prosecutors had assured Argentina that the death penalty would not be applied.

Court spokeswoman Maria Bourdin confirmed the ruling but declined to comment beyond what was in it.

Associated Press