Mar 29, 2016

‘Maidens’ sect leader to be extradited to Minnesota, attorney says

FORUM NEWS SERVICE
March 29, 2016

A 54-year-old religious sect leader will be extradited from Brazil to face charges that he sexually abused girls at a secluded compound near Finlayson, about 100 miles north of the Twin Cities.


Victor Arden Barnard
Victor Arden Barnard 
American sect leader Victor Arden Barnard sits in a police station after being detained at Pipa beach, in the Northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Barnard is facing 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct related to two young women who said they were abused for nearly a decade at his secluded River Road Fellowship in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Rio Grande do Norte State Security Secretary)

American sect leader Victor Arden Barnard sits in a police station after being detained at Pipa beach, in the Northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Barnard is facing 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct related to two young women who said they were abused for nearly a decade at his secluded River Road Fellowship in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Rio Grande do Norte State Security Secretary)

Victor Barnard’s defense attorney Marsh Halberg said in email Monday night that the Brazilian Supreme Court approved the extradition that Barnard requested.

The U.S. government has six months to extradite him, Halberg said.

However, Halberg said he doesn’t know if the condition will be agreed upon by the U.S. government.

Halberg added that his law firm “awaits his return so the speculation and misinformation that exists in this case can be corrected.”

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