The French courts have focused on one particular case of abuse – the disappearance of Hernan Abriata, a 25-year-old architecture student whose body has never been found.  The Court of Appeal determined that, because Abriata’s body has never been found and no witnesses have attested to his death, the offence is ongoing and therefore no statute of limitations applies.

However, Mr Sandoval claims that he has been a victim of mistaken identity and has indicated he will appeal the Court’s ruling. Thereafter, the Prime Minister of France would still have to approve the extradition, after which Mr Sandoval will be able to challenge that decision before France’s Council of State.

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