February 05, 2023

Judge raises legal avenue to stop extradition of man who raided DPRK Embassy

Lack of formal end to Korean War means Christopher Ahn’s actions may not have been crime in US, district judge suggests

A federal judge has raised the possibility that the former U.S. Marine who stormed the North Korean Embassy in Madrid in 2019 may not be eligible for extradition after all, owing to ongoing hostilities between Washington and Pyongyang. 

In a court filing Monday, U.S. District Judge Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha asked both parties to submit written arguments as to whether Christopher Ahn’s alleged crimes in Spain would also be considered crimes in the U.S., which would satisfy a legal doctrine known as “dual criminality.”