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It's Rough In The Pampas

India's only hope is Argentina's new legal zeal

It's Rough In The Pampas
It's Rough In The Pampas
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The lawyer representing scandal-mired Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi says his client cannot be extradited from Argentina. Alejandro Freeland says the case is absurd. "The affair dates back 20 years," he says. "And the alleged offences have already expired under Argentina law."

Quattrocchi was detained at a small airport in the north-east of Argentina, near the border with Brazil, on February 6 under an Interpol warrant. It's not clear why he was in the region but the airport is near the Iguazu waterfalls, a major tourist attraction straddling the Argentine-Brazil border.

He was released on $10,000 bail on February 23 and ordered not to leave the country. He is allowed to travel within Argentina but the federal judge, Mariana Arjol, has withheld his passport and said he must appear in court if India requested his extradition. The judge added that India had up to 40 days (30 days plus optional 10 days) from Quattrocchi's arrest to formally request extradition. But she added that nothing had been filed yet. A team of investigators from India is coming to Argentina to negotiate what could be a complicated and lengthy procedure since the two countries do not have an extradition treaty. While the arrest has received little coverage in the Argentine media, it has caused uproar in the Indian Parliament.

It's not clear what Quattrocchi was doing in Argentina but he will feel at home in a country which has a large Italian community. Millions of Italians came here at the turn of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries to help build the nation. Those of Italian descent rank only second to Spaniards in this nation of nearly 40 million inhabitants.

The Argentine judicial system is notoriously slow but the authorities have in the past been quick to act in high-profile international cases. The...

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