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Lawyer: Portugal denies US appeal for fugitive

LISBON, Portugal (AP) -- The lawyer for American fugitive George Wright says Portugal's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the U.S. against a lower court's decision denying his extradition.

Wright's lawyer Manuel Luis Ferreira has told The Associated Press that the Supreme Court informed him Thursday about its decision.

He said he did not have details of the ruling. In Portugal, extradition cases are conducted in secret.

A Lisbon judge decided against Wright's extradition last month, two months after he was captured in Portugal following four decades on the run.

The U.S. Justice Department filed an appeal less than two weeks later.

Supreme Court officials were not available to comment after office hours Thursday.

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