EXTRADITION HEARING ON GUAM FOR HAWAII RAPIST

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HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, June 9) - An extradition
hearing could be held this week for a convicted rapist apprehended Friday at
Guam's airport.

Jovie Adora, 27, was arrested in Guam after he fled Hawaiian
authorities and tried to fly to the Philippines. Attorney General Douglas Moylan
said Hawaiian authorities realized Adora was missing when he failed to return to
a June 4 sentencing hearing in the Honolulu Circuit Court.

Under a plea agreement, Adora was to be sentenced to 20 years in
prison for raping four teenage girls, according to Associated Press reports. He
pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count each
of second-degree sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault and kidnapping, the
reports state.

Adora, who is being held at an unidentified Department of
Corrections facility, will either waive his right to an extradition hearing or
ask for one in hopes of remaining on Guam, Moylan said. Should Adora waive his
right to a hearing he will be flown to Hawaii and turned over to authorities
there, Moylan said.

"If he does decide he wants a hearing, it will be highly
unlikely that he succeeds because both Hawaii and Guam are under U.S.
jurisdiction," Moylan said.

Circuit Judge Faauuga Tootoo issued a $1 million arrest warrant
for Adora after the convicted rapist left the courthouse Wednesday, telling his
attorney he needed medical attention, the AP said.

Hawaiian authorities were tipped off by an 18-year-old woman who
said she took Adora to the airport. Moylan said Adora was travelling under his
brother Mark Adora's identity.

Honolulu Prosecutor Peter Carlisle said Adora could face an
additional charge of bail jumping, a felony that carries a five-year term.

Adora's victims were a 13-year-old girl, a 15-year-old girl and
two 17-year-old girls. They were assaulted between June 2000 and October 2001.

Adora was freed from custody earlier this year when his family
posted 10 percent of his $210,000 bail, the AP reports state.

June 9, 2003

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