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Is Drug Suspect Victim Of Mistaken ID?

07/10/2012 05:50 EDT | Updated 09/09/2012 05:12 EDT
A woman from St-Leonard facing extradition to Italy on drug charges claims she is the victim of mistaken identity.

Italian authorities are seeking to extradite the woman who they claim is Yocelin Rubio, wanted on an international warrant for drug trafficking charges.

But on Tuesday, the woman’s lawyer told a Quebec Superiour Court judge that she is Maria Rodrigues, an illegal immigrant who gave birth less than a year ago.

Police caught up with the woman earlier this year after her husband was arrested in a sweep by the RCMP.

Two officers who had her under surveillance in Italy said that they recognized her photo.

Evidence submitted by Italian authorities include photographs of Rubio dating back to 2005.

But, the woman’s lawyer, Stephane Handfield, says the evidence is not sufficient for her to be extradited. He points the extradition request does not include fingerprints.

"Italy needs to prove its case as a higher level. It needs to prove that the person standing in supreme court is the person it is looking for,” said Handfield.

The judge is expected to rule in the case on Friday.

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