Netanyahu Pressed for Extradition
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Maryland’s governor appealed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to try to speed up the extradition of a Maryland teen-ager charged in a killing in the United States.
Gov. Parris Glendening said the State Department had warned him that the extradition of 17-year-old Samuel Sheinbein would probably take more than a year.
Sheinbein, of Silver Spring, Md., is being held in Israel, where he fled days after the body of 19-year-old Alfredo Tello was discovered burned and dismembered in a Washington suburb in September.
Sheinbein and another minor, already in U.S. custody, were indicted last week and Israel is waiting for a formal extradition request from the United States.
Sheinbein’s lawyer is fighting the extradition, saying his client is an Israeli citizen because his father carries an Israeli passport. Under Israeli law, citizens cannot be extradited.
Glendening, who is leading a trade mission to Israel, talked with Netanyahu for about 40 minutes Friday.
``The prime minister said that if he had his way, Sheinbein would already be back in Maryland and that he understood the horrendous nature of the crime,″ Glendening said.
``He said he would do what he could to expedite the extradition, but that we would have to understand Israeli law.″
The governor said he told Netanyahu that he was seeking his help within the context of Israeli law.