Woman eight months pregnant faces extradition ... Child could become US citizen
The child of Kimberly Hudson could become a United States citizen if she is extradited to face lottery-scamming related charges before she gives birth.
Hudson, who is eight months pregnant, has been indicted in North Dakota, USA, on one count of attempting to and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 48 counts of wire fraud, 15 counts of mail fraud, and one count of money laundering.
She, along with others, was denied bail when they appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday and remanded until next Wednesday.
Hudson and seven other persons were taken into custody during a series of police operations targeting persons suspected of being involved in lottery scamming last week.
Seven of the eight persons were in court yesterday. They are Hudson, Xanu Morgan, Alrick McLeod, Jason Joseph Jahalal, Dahlia Elaine Hunter, O'Neil Brown, and Dario Palmer.
In the Corporate Area Parish Court yesterday, judge Judith Pusey, in considing a bail application made on Hudson's behalf by attorney-at-law Bert Samuels, said that the accused woman can be kept at the Fort Agustus Correctional Centre.
Samuels had argued for bail on Hudson's behalf, citing that she is in an advanced state of pregnancy and may require prenatal care. Pusey, however, said that such care would be available to Hudson.
Meanwhile, prominent attorney-at-law KD Knight, who is a partner in the law firm Knight, Junor and Samuels, which is handling Hudson's case, asserted that a pregnant woman could be extradited.
"The child would become a citizen of the country to which that person is being extradited depending on the laws of that country," Knight said.
He continued: "In the case of the US, that child would become an American citizen. If the child is born in a prison, that prison is an international space, it's a part of the territory of the United States," Knight said.