(CMR) Venezuelan pilot Juan Carlos Gonzales Infante (61), who is fighting extradition to the United States, filed a writ of habeas corpus ad subjiciendum, commanding the Cayman Islands Director of Prison to have him brought before the courts where the legality of his detention can be examined.
Infante was found not guilty of smuggling gold into the Cayman Islands over three years ago; however, he remained behind bars awaiting the extradition hearing. The delay in his matter has been primarily due to issues with legal aid.
Infante was taken into custody alongside four other men in 2019 for the alleged smuggling of $6 million worth of gold found on board the private aircraft he copiloted. They were all found not guilty in 2020.
While Infante was found not guilty here, he is wanted in the United States on drug smuggling and money laundering charges. Infante, who is said to be experiencing health issues, is fighting the extradition.