Guinea-Bissau demands extradition of doctor in PortugalBMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39261.635220.DB (Published 05 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:15
- Tiago Villanueva
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, …