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Granted extradition of brazilian naturalized american accused of murder


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The First Chamber of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF) granted this Tuesday (28) the extradition request of Cláudia Cristina Sobral, born in Brazil, requested by the government of the United States of America. She is accused of murdering her american husband in Ohio in 2007. The understanding of the Panel in the Extradition (EXT) 1462 is that Claudia renounced Brazilian nationality by adopting US citizenship in 1999.
Justice Barroso explained that Claudia gave up voluntarily the Brazilian citizenship. "The woman has long held the green card, which has the nature of a stay visa, and guarantees the rights she claims to have acquired with the nationality: the right to stay in the country and work," he said. According to the Brazilian Constitution, she would not lose Brazilian nationality if the naturalization abroad was imposed for permanence or exercise of rights in another country.
According to the case file, the woman moved to the US in 1990 and obtained the green card. In 1999, upon obtaining US citizenship, under the terms of local law, she declared renouncing and abjuring allegiance to any other State or sovereignty.
In the decision of the Panel, it was emphasized that the granting of the request for extradition is conditional on the formal commitment of the country of destination not to apply penalties prohibited by Brazilian law, especially to life imprisonment or the death penalty, as well as imprisonment restricted to the term maximum of 30 years, as foreseen in the Brazilian law.

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