Argentine president bars extradition of Denver murder suspect

DENVER — Argentina’s president has blocked the extradition of a man who fled Denver and started a new life in the South American country after he was charged with killing his wife over a decade ago.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1kG8MCc ) the government of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner issued an executive order Sept. 16 overriding the extradition of Kurt Frederick Sonnenfeld to the U.S. The Argentina Supreme Court had approved the extradition in December.

The government’s order says allowing the extradition could violate an international principle of not forcing the return of asylum seekers to countries where they could face persecution.

Sonnenfeld claims prosecutors framed him for his wife’s 2002 death to silence him. He claimed to have video footage indicating the government knew the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks would happen.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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