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McKeon: Slash Funding to Countries that Refuse to Extradite Cop Killers

    (Washington, DC) -- U.S. Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) earlier this week voted for a pair of amendments to the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2006 http://www.gop.gov/Committeecentral/bills/hr3057.asp> , which could have ramifications on the ongoing efforts to extradite cop killer Armando Garcia from Mexico. 
    "Countries refusing to extradite cop killers and other serious offenders should not be rewarded by receiving American foreign assistance," said Rep. McKeon.  "It is appalling that cop killers like Armando Garcia find safe haven in their home countries, despite having committed horrific crimes in the United States.  As long as these governments continue to deny extradition, their share of foreign aid should be limited." 

    The first amendment, offered by Reps. Bob Beauprez (R-CO) and Patrick McHenry (R-NC), would withhold funds from any country that refuses to extradite an individual accused of killing a federal, state, or local law enforcement official.  The second amendment, by Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA), would withhold funds (except funds allocated for counter narcotics) to
countries that refuse to extradite criminals who face the death penalty or life imprisonment. 

    Both amendments passed the House with bipartisan support - 327- 98  (Beauprez/McHenry), and 294-132 (Deal).

    "I am hopeful that we can turn up the heat on these countries to hand over the killers," McKeon concluded.

    On April 29, 2002, Garcia killed Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy and Saugus resident David March Deputy March execution-style during a routine traffic stop in Los Angeles.  Garcia, a Mexican national, fled to his native homeland within 24 hours of the killing and has been at large there ever since.

    Based on an October, 2001 ruling by the Mexican Supreme Court, the Mexican Government limits the extradition of criminal suspects from Mexico to the United States when the suspect faces life in prison.  Because of the ruling, it is unlikely that the suspect will be turned over to the United States for prosecution unless prosecutors agree not to pursue the death penalty or life in prison.