U.S. Attorney: Prince Andrew Not Cooperative In Epstein Case
They want to get information from the prince about his friendship with the financier accused of sex trafficking
British Prince Andrew’s lawyers refute claims that he refuses to cooperate with the American prosecutor’s office in the case of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.
The US authorities want to question Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth, about his friendship with Epstein, who was found dead in prison last year, where he was awaiting trial on a sex trade case. Prosecutors are looking for possible Epstein accomplices.
Attorney General William Barr said Monday that there are no plans to extradite Prince Andrew. Asked by Fox News about whether the US had made an official request for his transfer, Barr said, “I think the issue is not about the transfer, but about providing some information.”.
Prince Andrew has publicly announced that he will cooperate with “the relevant law enforcement agencies,” but Manhattan attorney Jeffrey Berman said in March that the prince “closed the possibility of voluntary cooperation” and the prosecutor’s office is now looking into possible options..
However, the prince’s lawyers insist that he has offered his assistance to the Ministry of Justice three times this year..
“Unfortunately, in response to the first two proposals, the DOJ broke its own privacy rules and said the Duke of York was refusing to cooperate,” says the Blackfords law firm, which represents the prince. “In doing so, they are trying to get attention rather than accepting the help offered.”.
According to lawyers, the US Department of Justice has assured that Andrew is not involved in the investigation..
According to the British tabloid Sun, the US Department of Justice has sent a request to the British authorities under a mutual legal assistance treaty. An anonymous source in US law enforcement confirmed that such a request was made.
The US Department of Justice and the UK Home Office declined to comment, as did Buckingham Palace..
If the request is approved, the US attorney’s office may ask Andrew to voluntarily testify or force him to testify in a sworn trial..
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