U.S., gov't promises Australia not to execute honeymoon killer after deportation

12:38, November 18, 2010      

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The deportation of American honeymoon killer Gabe Watson is imminent, after the U.S. government on Thursday promised Australia that Watson will not end up on death row.

Watson last Thursday was released from jail in Australia, after serving 18 months for his wife's manslaughter.

However, Australia had refused to return Watson to his home state of Alabama, U.S., where prosecutors want to try him over Tina's death, without an iron-clad guarantee that he would not end up on death row if convicted.

According to the immigration department, with Thursday's guarantee from the U.S. government, Watson would be deported as soon as possible.

"We have informed Watson and his legal representatives of this assurance," an immigration department spokesman told Australia Associated Press on Thursday.

"We are now satisfied that our international obligations have been met and are commencing plans for Watson's removal.

"For operational reasons the department does not discuss the timing of the removal, except to say he will be removed as soon as possible."

Watson is currently being held in a Victorian immigration detention center ahead of his deportation to the U.S..

Source: Xinhua


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