Ecoterrorism suspect extradited from Canada

MSNBC News/February 29, 2008

Portland, Oregon - An environmental activist who was serving time in a Canadian prison has been extradited to the United States to stand trial on ecoterrorism charges despite his arguments that he faced political persecution here.

Tre Arrow, formerly Michael James Scarpitti, was indicted by a U.S. grand jury in April 2004 on charges of taking part in the destruction of concrete and logging trucks in Oregon.

The indictment came after his arrest in British Columbia on charges of shoplifting, assault and obstructing a police officer after a security guard caught him trying to steal a pair of bolt cutters.

Arrow, 34, pleaded guilty to the Canadian charges but fought extradition by seeking asylum, claiming he faced political persecution in the States and wouldn't get a fair trial.

Arrow is charged with conspiracy and arson, accused of participating in the destruction of several concrete-mixing trucks at Ross Island Sand and Gravel Co. in Portland in April 2001. He is also accused of destroying logging trucks at Schoppert Logging Co. in Eagle Creek in June 2001.

He was brought to Portland by the U.S. Marshals Service and faces arraignment Monday in U.S. District Court, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

The British Columbia Supreme Court approved his extradition in July 2005, but Arrow objected, leading to an April 2006 order by the Canadian minister of justice that he surrender to U.S. authorities.

Three other defendants in the U.S. case - Jacob Sherman, Jeremy Rosenbloom, and Angela Cesario - pleaded guilty to arson charges and have completed service of their 41-month federal prison terms.

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