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BVI men get bail amid fight to block extradition

Bob Hodge

Bob Hodge shortly after being released from jail in 2015

A magistrate in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has offered bail to two men who the United States is seeking to extradite in relation to alleged drug running.

They are Earl ‘Bob’ Hodge and former Customs officer Robert ‘Tico’ Harrigan.

Hodge was offered bail in the sum of $1 million while Harrigan was offered $600,000 bail.

They each must pay $200,000 cash upfront, and have two sureties each to sign the respective bail bonds.

Magistrate Shawn Innocent, who usually presides in another jurisdiction, offered bail in a makeshift court at the Road Town Police Station this morning, February 14.

He ordered that the men report to the said police station everyday between 6am and 6pm.

The two were also put on daily curfew from 6pm to 6 o’ clock each morning.

Magistrate Innocent made the decision following submissions made last Friday by attorneys Stephen Daniels and Patrick Thompson, who are jointly representing the duo.

Members of the media were not allowed inside the courtroom during the bail application, as well as the magistrate’s ruling.

Hodge and Harrigan were arrested on February 7 when members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) acted upon warrants they received from the United States Justice Department.

This is at least the third attempt the United States is making to have the men extradited.

Initially, the United States Justice Department sought four men for extradition. The other two men were Carlston Beazer and Chad Skelton.

During the first extradition attempt in 2012, then High Court judge Justice Albert Redhead ruled that the men were NOT to be sent to the United States.

Following that ruling, the prosecution obtained new evidence against the four, and then Governor Boyd McCleary issued an Order for a second extradition hearing to take place.

The four men, through their attorneys, challenged the Governor’s order through a judicial review, which was heard by Justice Vicki Ann Ellis.

Justice Ellis ruled in 2015 against the Governor’s Office Order to have the second extradition hearing.

The men were then released from custody after being held for more than three years.

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  1. red head says:

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    “who said that the drug was going to the states?”

  2. west possee says:

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    this thing is getting ridiculous now man

  3. p escobar says:

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    One million is pocket change

  4. ................. says:

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    This is sheer madness and just as bad as the crimes these men are being accused of.

    Being dragged before the courts multiple times certainly has to be illegal and an injustice at best…..

    • No More Sidelines says:

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      @……. I concur! This thing getting even me ……up now man. The judiciary got to stop this ……madness. Leave the man dem alone if you dont got no more evidence.

  5. Reply says:

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    No surprise. These men have few places to escape to if they were so inclined. They are essentially imprisoned here in the BVI until this matter is resolved.

    Furthermore, I doubt if they can make bail in the large amount required that they would risk losing all that money knowing that sooner or later they would be caught.

    This saga will continue locally for the while being given extraditions do not occur overnight.

    Nevertheless, I predict ultimately, the US will eventually have them in custody.

  6. west says:

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    They cant keep a good man down….HAHA

  7. double jeopoardy says:

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    how many times are they going to try the guyz for the same thing?

    • Reply says:

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      There are local laws, and then there are international laws as well as extradition treaties. They are not one in the same. Double jeapody does not apply.

      If someone was charged twice in the BVI for the same crime despite being acquited on the first go round, that would be considered double jeopardy.

      International and extradition laws gives wider lattitude to bring does accused of crimes to justice.

      It may not appear fair, but thats how the world spins.

    • L says:

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      They haven’t been tried. No case have been called. So far it is only extradition hearings.

  8. Stupids says:

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    Not the government trying to make money off them

  9. tola says:

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    It’s only a matter to time some get caught. If u do the crime, u must do the time!

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