13 Mar 2008

CNMI to extradite Japanese man to US

7:02 pm on 13 March 2008

The Northern Mariana islands governor has signed an extradition order to send a Japanese businessman Kazuyoshi Miura to Los Angeles for trial in the death of his wife 24 years ago.

Benigno Fitial signed the order for Miura who has been held in the US territory since last month.

The prosecutor says Miura's lawyers could challenge the extradition.

Miura's lawyer, Mark Geragos, says Miura faces double jeopardy because he was already convicted of the 1984 crime by a Japanese court.

That conviction was overturned in 1994.