Court to rule if hate crimes suspect to be extradited to US

The international department of the State Attorney’s Office petitioned the Jerusalem District Court on Sunday to determine whether 28-year-old Yitzchak Shuchat can be extradited to the United States. Shuchat is wanted in New York on hate crime charges, having allegedly beaten two African Americans in April 2008.
According to the extradition request, Shuchat attacked the men with a wooden club in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, without provocation. The beating caused one of the men serious injuries and an arrest warrant was issued for Shuchat for second degree assault and hate crime.
The extradition request stated that Shuchat escaped to Canada three weeks after the attack and then came to Israel three days later. Shuchat is an Israeli citizen, but prior to 2008 had only visited rarely.
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