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Brazil to extradite ex-premier to Turks & Caicos

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands (AP) - Officials in the Turks & Caicos Islands say a Brazilian court has ordered the extradition of a former premier accused of corruption while leader of the tiny British Caribbean territory.

Michael Misick was arrested in Brazil last year on a warrant issued by Interpol. He faces trial in the Turks & Caicos on charges of corruption.

Misick was released from custody in February but couldn't leave Brazil and still faced extradition to his homeland.

The islands' attorney general says a Brazilian court decision to extradite the ex-premier back to the territory was made Tuesday.

In a statement, Huw Shepheard says the court's decision is welcome since "it is in the best interests of the TCI that allegations of wrongdoing are thoroughly investigated."

He says Misick's lawyers "vigorously opposed his extradition."

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