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Extradition ordered for Saudi boy reportedly aided by his govt. to flee after death of U.S. girl

Junie Sihlangu
Dec 24, 2018
10:39 A.M.
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Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah is a suspect who denied the manslaughter charge of a teenage girl Fallon Smart who was involved in a hit-and-run accident. Smart was hit by Noorah’s gold Lexus in Portland, Oregon in August 2016.

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After being charged, the Saudi national was given a tracking monitor and sent home before his trial. However, he went missing on June 10, 2017, two weeks before he was due to stand trial.

Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah, 21, was charged the year before in the fatal hit-and-run of Fallon Smart, 15. At the time of her death, the teenager was crossing Hawthorne Boulevard.

In August 2016, Smart was hit by Noorah’s gold Lexus when he illegally swerved around stopped traffic letting the teenager cross the road in Portland. Investigators believed that the suspect used an illicit passport to flee the country.

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For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. It’s believed that a black SUV pulled up to Noorah’s home in Southeast Portland two weeks before his June 2017 trial.

With a packed bag, the murder suspect got in and was driven to a sand-and-gravel yard two miles away. There the Portland Community College student cut off the tracking monitor he had worn around his ankle for months.

Law enforcement officials said Noorah got an illicit passport to flee the country. Eric Wahlstrom, a supervisory deputy US marshal in Oregon said, “We’re doing everything we can to get him back.”

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Currently, the US and Saudi Arabia have no extradition treaty. That means arresting Noorah inside the kingdom is very unlikely.

In July 2018, the Saudi government confirmed to US Marshals that the suspect had returned to Saudi Arabia 7 days after he went missing. He’s believed to have a fled on board a private jet with the help of his country's consulate.

Law enforcement officials said Noorah got an illicit passport to flee the country. Eric Wahlstrom, a supervisory deputy US marshal in Oregon said, “We’re doing everything we can to get him back.”

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Currently, the US and Saudi Arabia have no extradition treaty. That means arresting Noorah inside the country is very unlikely.

Chris Larsen, a lawyer for Smart’s mother, Fawn Lengvenis said: “It begs the question: Why isn’t the Saudi government respecting our justice system? It’s reprehensible.”

Since 2014, Noorah had been a student in Portland and he received a $1,850-a-month stipend from the Saudi government for living expenses. He was raised by a single mother and his grandmother in the Saudi city of Jeddah.

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In Portland, he’d been hosted by Terri Stanford and had earned a scholarship to come and study in the US. Federal court records in Oregon also showed that the Saudi government bailed out Ali Hussain Alhamoud from the Lincoln County Jail in 2012.

He'd been indicted on multiple sex crime charges, including first-degree rape. Alhamoud, who records show was managed to board a plane in Portland on the same day he was released and returned to Saudi Arabia.

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In a different story, Mexican national and illegal immigrant Martin Gallo-Gallardo, 45, was charged with the murder of Coral Rodriguez-Lorenzo, 38. Her body was discovered on October 28 in Clackamas County, Oregon.

It was discovered in March that Gallo-Gallardo had been living in the US illegally when he was arrested by Portland police on felony domestic violence charges. At the time, he was freed on bail after two days in jail only to commit the murder 7-months later.

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