Our firm frequently represents people charged in significant federal criminal cases. We have over 25 years of experience defending people in these types of cases, some involving international matters. When issues involving international extradition appear in the news, media will sometimes contact Attorney Page Pate for his opinion and analysis. Page often serves as a legal analyst and is recognized as a criminal defense and constitutional attorney.
In this case, ITV interviewed Page regarding the case involving Evan Neumann, who is accused of being involved in the January 6th Capitol riot in Washington, DC. Mr. Neumann is believed to have fled the United States last year and is currently wanted by the FBI. He was recently granted asylum as a refugee by Belarus, who does not have an extradition treaty with the United States.
Page tells ITV that by Mr. Neumann being granted asylum by Belarus, it will make “his chances of facing justice in the US very unlikely.” With regard to possible extradition by the United States, Page explains that “It will be very difficult, if not impossible, for the US government to obtain jurisdiction over him as long as he stays there…As long as he stays in Belarus, he is probably safe.”
Page also comments that sometimes people who are given asylum (especially a U.S. citizen) will eventually want to travel outside of the asylum-granting country, in which case “That arrest warrant from the US will always be there…so if he does attempt to travel, it is possible he can be apprehended and returned to the US.”