• The Clinton administration negotiated and signed on July 9, 2007, the Extradition Treaty with Poland.
  • The treaty agrees to extradite U.S. citizens but reserves the right to refuse to do so.
  • The extradition procedure is conducted by the federal government upon request of the government of Poland (State Department receives the paperwork and passes it on to Justice Department).
  • The extradition request for Edward Mazur was initially not acted upon, arrest was made only after Zbigniew Ziobro intervened with Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez.
  • The extradition was denied: Judge Keys harshly criticized the request calling the government's reliance on Poland's evidence "shocking and offensive" and stated that in his 12 years on the bench he hadn't even been close to rejecting an extradition.[1]
  • Mazur's lawyer argued that his case exposed weaknesses in the U.S. extradition law dealing with the countries "lacking many of the legal safeguards of the United States".[2]

References Edit

  1. U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. In the matter of Extradition of Edward Mazur Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys, July 20, 2007
  2. Whose Side is Uncle Sam on? Chris C. Gair, Legal Times, Vol. XXX, No. 37, Sept 10, 2007