Guinea-Bissau demands extradition of doctor in Portugal

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 05 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:15
  1. Tiago Villanueva
  1. Lisbon

    The authorities of Guinea-Bissau are requesting the extradition of a Guinean anaesthetist and former director general of public health in Guinea-Bissau, who is based in Portugal. Guinea-Bissau is a former Portuguese colony in western Africa.

    Luís Nambanca, aged 45 years and born in Guinea-Bissau, later acquired Czech nationality through marriage. He was working as an anaesthetist in a hospital in the city of Beja, southern Portugal, when he was arrested by Portuguese police. An international arrest warrant had been issued by the military judiciary police of Guinea-Bissau, based on the decision of the regional court of Bissau, the capital of the country.

    The request was issued on the basis of an agreement between Portugal and Guinea-Bissau that was established in 1989.

    Dr Nambanca has been detained at Portugal's Beja penitentiary since 26 April.

    A Portuguese regional court is currently analysing the extradition request from the Guinean authorities.

    In 2001 Dr Nambanca, who worked at a private clinic in Bissau, was convicted of involuntary homicide caused by medical negligence, …

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