Brooklyn, NY – Shuchat Extradition Delayed Until Summer


    Yitzchak ShuchatBrooklyn, NY – Three weeks after an Israeli court approved a request by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes to extradite a former Crown Heights resident to the United States in order to face bias charges in a 2008 attack, the Israeli supreme court has granted an appeal and will delay the extradition until July 2012, VIN News has learned..

    Yitzchak Shuchat, now a resident of Tel Aviv, was scheduled to be extradited to the United States on December 16th, but his appeal to fight the extradition was granted by the Israeli supreme court. Shuchat, who had been in jail during the appeals process, is now under house arrest while the court considers the case further.

    The bias charges were brought against Shuchat, a member of the Shmira crime patrol, following the April 2008 beating of a black man, Andrew Charles, as reported earlier on VIN News. Both Shuchat and Charles, the son of an NYPD officer, had stated publicly that the incident was not racially motivated.

    “We believe this to be a small miracle,” Levi Freundlich, Vice President of the Jewish Leadership Council, told VIN News. “It is well known that the Israeli government typically shies away from getting involved and denying extradition but it is obvious that there are holes in this case that the court would like to look into before making a final decision.”

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