US judge clears way for extradition of ex-Marine in PH killings

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US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to make a decision on whether to surrender former Marine Timothy Kaufman to Philippine authorities after Magistrate Randolph Treece ruled that the evidence linking him to the murder of a couple in Manila was sufficient. AP FILE PHOTO

ALBANY, New York —A federal judge says there is enough evidence against a former US Marine charged with killing a couple in the Philippines to have him extradited.

Magistrate Randolph Treece ruled Wednesday that the evidence against Timothy Kaufman was sufficient to sustain the charges against him. Treece ordered Kaufman detained until US Secretary of State John Kerry makes a decision on surrendering him to Philippine authorities.

Kaufman is one of three men charged with the 2011 killing of a retired Northern Ireland police officer and his girlfriend. Kaufman has testified that he was not involved in the killing of 54-year-old David Balmer and 26-year-old Elma de Guia in the home of a local club owner.

The 35-year-old Kaufman has been in jail since he was arrested in April in the Albany area.

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  • Jun Go

    this could be a very good test case on how US follows extradition as well.

    hopefully not a dejavu snowden.

    • kanoy

      SNOWDEN? WOW THESE 2 ARE NIGHT AND DAY—RUSSIA HAS HIM AND REFUSES TO EXTRADITE HIM TO THE USA–THE RP HAS THE MURDERER TASA AND REFUSES TO EXTRADITE HIM TO THE USA—SEEMS THE USA IS THE ONE REFUSING TO SAFE GUARD INTERNATIONAL CRIMINALS

    • askal2u

      How come the Philippines is not extraditing Monsignor Cristobal Garcia, the ivory and pedophile loving priest who is wanted in Los Angeles for sexually abusing boys?

  • Fred Cua

    David Balmer? teka, yan yun fictional character sa “24” ah, yung negrong presidente. President David Balmer

    • ilove_us

      David Palmer po yun…

      • Fred Cua

        Ahihi wow mali

  • kismaytami

    Huwag nyo nang i-extradite yan dito. Madadagdagan na naman ng palamunin at pabantayan ang mga taxpayer, tutal trip namang magtakas ng US Embassy ng mga kriminal katulad ni daniel smith.

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