Extradition threat hangs over student

Source: Daily Advertiser

Harrison Geier still has the threat of extradition to Peru hanging over his head a year after a doorman at his hotel fell to his death. 

The university student from Wagga Wagga, in southern NSW, was travelling with friends when the man died and it wasn’t until months later Peruvian officials stopped treating it as suicide and named his group as suspects in an alleged murder. 

Since then, Mr Geier has feared extradition to Peru to face charges he said were completely unfounded. 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) yesterday said it had liaised with the group’s lawyer in Peru. 

It is also trying to wade through the Peruvian legal system which has caused angst to Mr Geier’s family in Wagga.

“While the investigation into the death of the Peruvian national in January 2012 is continuing, no charges have yet been laid against the six Australians who are alleged to have been involved,” a spokeswoman for DFAT said yesterday.

“The Australian embassy in Lima remains in close contact with the group’s lawyer in Lima and has made a number of inquiries with officials of the court and government departments to seek clarification of the status of the legal process.”

When news first emerged on Peruvian media five months after the death that the group had become suspects it took a toll on the Geier family.

“It’s been progressing ever since we realised,” Mr Harrison told Fairfax in July.

“It’s completely wrongly accused, and particularly when they have been back in Australia for so long it hit us as a shock,” added his father, Phillip.

A spokesman for the Attorney-General’s office said he couldn’t comment on whether the department had received an extradition request on the matter.

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