The husband of former Miss Dominica, Nadira Lando, who was a business man in Antigua, was on Saturday May 23rd, 2015, extradited to the United States where he is wanted in connection with the murder of his former wife.
According to confirmed reports out of Antigua, Morrad Ghonim was removed from a flight on Wednesday May 20, 2015 by Antiguan police after US Marshalls arrived on the island with a warrant seeking his arrest and extradition to the United States on a charge of first degree murder.
The matter was heard on Friday May 22, 2015 and Antigua’s chief magistrate granted the order to extradite. The following day, Ghonim was placed on a US bound flight, accompanied by US Marshalls.
Antigua media reported on Friday that Ghonim had been declared persona non grata by Cabinet after his home was searched by the police and they discovered that he had no work permit for the island; his last extension was in 2012 and he had remained in the country longer than the period granted by immigration.
According to the dictionary, a persona non grata is “a person who is unacceptable or unwelcome, especially to a foreign government.”
“Alongside the immigration and other issues, police say there were other ‘very grave concerns of National Security’ that came to the attention of the Commissioner of Police and the Immigration Department,” the Antigua Chronicle reported. “Upon recommendations, based on information received, the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda on Friday 22nd May 2015, in the interest of National Security, declared Morrad Modle Ghonim Persona Non Grata, and asked that Immigration Department take immediate action.”
Ghonim’s extradition to the US from Antigua comes in the wake of the March 12, 2015 conviction in California, USA, of 42 year-old Leon Martinez for “fatally shooting a 17-year-old mother while she was with her baby son and husband in a La Mirada park two decades ago.”
The husband was Morrad Ghonim.
A report published in the Match 13, 2015 edition of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune says that Martinez was re-tried after the first trial ended in a hung jury.
According to the report, in both trials, the prosecution presented evidence alleging that the victim’s husband hatched the murder-for-hire plot. Read more.
Ghonim, the owner of “Ayoushe Beauty Supplies Ltd’ in Antigua, married Lando, who was Miss Dominica 2012, in 2014.