Portugal can submit documents to formalize the request for the extradition of ex-banker João Rendeiro until January 20, as it was extended to a maximum of 40 days, the spokeswoman for the Public Ministry confirmed this Thursday ( NPA), the Public Ministry of South Africa, Natasha Ramkisson, to the Lusa agency.
This decision follows the end of the first period of 18 days for the formalization of the extradition request, counted since the arrest of the former banker in Durban on the 11th.
“The NPA had given the court and agreed with the Portuguese authorities that they had 40 days to file the request. We will go to court on January 10 to provide an update on the situation on the matter,” indicated Natasha Ramkisson, referring to the first session on the process of extradition of the former president of the BPP, which will be held in the court of Verulam in that data.
The same source also questioned the Portuguese Public Ministry, but no answer was standardized.
Even so, the South African lawyer of João Rendeiro, June Marks, told Lusa that she is very close to presenting in court the appeal of the coercive measure imposed on the former president of the BPP. “We are still finalizing the appeal,” he noted.
João Rendeiro is in preventive detention in the Westville prison, after the South African judge Rajesh Parshotam made the decision to keep the former banker in that jail, which is considered one of the most dangerous in that country.