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U.S. Fugitive Claims New Identity [1962 murderer/1972 hijacker George Wright, held in Portugal]
Associated Press ^ | October 01, 2011 | unattributed

Posted on 10/02/2011 12:47:06 AM PDT by Hunton Peck

Captured American fugitive George Wright will claim a new identity to prevent the U.S. from extraditing him, his lawyer said Saturday.

Wright, 68, became a Portuguese citizen, called Jose Luis Jorge dos Santos, in 1991 after marrying a Portuguese woman, lawyer Manuel Luis Ferreira told The Associated Press.

Ferreira said in an interview that Wright's new identity was given to him by West African country Guinea-Bissau when it granted him political asylum in the 1980s and was accepted by Portugal.

The U.S. is trying to extradite Wright to serve the remainder of his 15- to 30-year sentence for a 1962 murder in New Jersey. He had served more than seven years before breaking out of prison in 1970.

But Ferreira said his client argues that he has the right to serve the time in Portugal because he has Portuguese citizenship based on his new identity.


Official documents belonging to Wright and provided to the AP show Portugal accepted his new identity papers when it granted him citizenship.

Wright has a Portuguese passport, issued in 2007, and other documents including a Portuguese social security number, driving license and voter registration card.

"There's no doubt whatsoever about his nationality," Ferreira said, adding that Jose Luis Jorge dos Santos "is now his real name."

Wright broke out of the Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, New Jersey, on Aug. 19, 1970, after serving more than seven years of his sentence for killing a man in a 1962 gas station robbery. He was also part of a Black Liberation Army group that hijacked a U.S. plane to Algeria in 1972.

Wright was captured in a seaside village near Lisbon on Monday, after decades on the run, and is detained while the court rules on his case.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: fugitive; georgewright; hijacker; murder
Kathleen Soliah couldn't stay out of prison by pulling this kind of crap, but she did manage to drag things out for a while, and gain some sympathy from idiots who think that running from a murderous past somehow makes things better.
1 posted on 10/02/2011 12:47:17 AM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

So - when you enter a country they don’t ask you to fill out any paperwork asking you if you are a FUGITIVE do they? I am sure he answered that truthfully when he entered Portugal and they just took him in. They probably needed to meet their quota of murderers to become citizens./sarc

2 posted on 10/02/2011 12:53:56 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: Hunton Peck

Send in the drones.

3 posted on 10/02/2011 1:22:52 AM PDT by MadJack ("Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." (Afghan proverb))
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To: MadJack
>”Send in the drones”<

What are a bunch of Obama Voters going to do? ;0)

4 posted on 10/02/2011 1:32:00 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: missnry
This guys story is quie a bit more complicated that simply entering Portugal and asking for a new I.D.
Back in the '70s (and today also), there were underground groups set-up which provided travel arrangement's for radicals fleeing legal problems. This Black Panther group fled to Cuba, Algeria, Guinea-Bissau and established contacts with agreeable groups, mainly communist/USSR front groups in obtaining money, travel documents and logistics.
Most of his immediate group was caught over the years by this yokel managed to get Guinea-Bissau, a former Portuguese colony to issue him legitimate travel papers for his immigration to Portugal.
Once he arrived in Portugal he merely laid-low, married a lawyer (that can be an asset) and bided his time doing the 'paper-work' dance. He was granted a new identity by playing the game according to their rules.

However, hid fingerprints on his newly minted ID papers sent up a red flag at the local INTERPOL office.

Thus his real identity was found out and his being taken into custody shortly after.

Lovely village he lived in. Near the ocean. All the locals called him by his American name...imagine that!
5 posted on 10/02/2011 1:35:54 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: Tainan; Cindy

Bump to the top post...... Good read. Thanks.

6 posted on 10/02/2011 2:21:11 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Tainan
This guys story is quie a bit more complicated than simply entering Portugal and asking for a new I.D.

I agree - somewhere along the line he lied on paperwork he had to fill out to gain citizenship.

7 posted on 10/02/2011 2:30:00 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: Squantos

Thanks for the ping Squantos.

8 posted on 10/02/2011 2:36:18 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

always laughable that these African loving Black Liberation Army thugs always end up in a European country,double standards,he’l get off,Portuguese have the most liberal laws,in EU

9 posted on 10/02/2011 3:43:56 AM PDT by wiseone (india)
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To: Hunton Peck

Isn’t there a close associate of Obama who participated in some bombings which ended up killing somebody who publicly wiped his feet on the American flag still running around ?

10 posted on 10/02/2011 6:32:24 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (To punish a province let it be ruled by a professor Fredrick The Great paraphrased)
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To: mosesdapoet

That rings a bill, er, bell....

11 posted on 10/02/2011 10:04:34 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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