Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez approved a request from Governor Martyn Roper on Tuesday, temporarily halting the extradition of Iain Nigel MacKellar to the United States.

Crown counsel Anne-Marie Rambarran, representing the governor, told Magistrate Hernandez Tuesday that Governor Roper would like more time so he can receive independent advice on the matter.

Mr. MacKellar, a permanent resident of Cayman since 2007, was named in an indictment issued in Texas alleging fraud. Charges included conspiracy, smuggling and obtaining by deception. Three co-conspirators have already received prison sentences of 47, 36 and 32 months.

Magistrate Hernandez ruled in favor of extradition on Sept. 23.

Mr. MacKellar, a resident of North Side, was arrested at his home in December 2017 after Cayman authorities received the extradition request from the United States. Mr. MacKellar is a U.K. citizen and indicated that he would not voluntarily agree to extradition, prompting a hearing on the matter.

The extradition judgment was issued on Sept. 23. Mr. Roper was appointed as governor the following month.

“That would not have given him any time himself,” said Magistrate Hernandez of the new governor’s chance to evaluate the case. “And would not have given him any time for independent advice.”

The matter will return to court on Jan. 31, 2019.

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