Family of Israeli-US murder suspect asks court to help block Taiwan extradition

Petition filed to High Court says Foreign Ministry ignoring Oren Shlomo Mayer, who is likely to face death penalty if Philippines carries out extraction order

The Times of Israel
Date: September 15, 2018
By: TOI Staff

Illustrative: Taiwanese police officers in Taipei, March 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

The family of an Israeli-American man suspected of the grisly murder of a Canadian man in Taiwan last month has filed an emergency petition to the High Court of Justice seeking the government’s help in preventing his deportation to Taiwan, where they say he would likely face the death penalty, the Ynet news site reported Saturday.

Oren Shlomo Mayer, 37, a tattoo artist, teacher, and alleged drug dealer, who was born in Israel and grew up in the United States, is a suspect in the gruesome drug-related murder of a Canadian teacher and alleged drug dealer who was found dismembered in a Taiwan park in August.

Mayer, who goes by the name “Oz,” fled to the Philippines after news broke of the murder, where he arrested earlier this month. He is currently waiting extradition back to Taiwan.

On Friday, Meyer’s family asked the court that the state intervene on his behalf, and request the Philippines extradite him to Israel, instead of Taiwan where they say he will likely face the death penalty.    [FULL  STORY]

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