Once again as I stated before it seems the news is this;
-Hiers is apparently in some sort of Chinese custody and/or detention according to news reports
-China is a clandestine country and along with the extradition/deportation process the Marshals wisely don't seem to want to make anything official until he's official back on U.S. soil.
This isn't Mexico which has been relatively quick lately. Hiers is captured according to news reports, but in theory it could be a year or even longer before he's finally sent back and we need to be patient on that front.
investigators are aware that Hiers is in custody overseas and are working with their international counterparts”
That’s usually what investigators in South Carolina have said since Hiers was “Captured” in China.
Today is the five-month anniversary of Hiers' "capture".
Post by Scumhunter on Feb 21, 2019 13:25:28 GMT -5
Once again it seems Hiers is in Chinese custody before he can be officially extradited, extradition is a long process, China is a clandestine country, it could take years and we need to be patient, no offense guys but I'm just going to lock this thread and then open it up again once he's formally sent back and/or there's significant updates one way or the other since this is starting to get too repetitive with no concrete updates at the moment. My head has suffered serious damage enough after the seven different times I've banged it against the wall already in this thread.
Last Edit: Feb 21, 2019 13:30:50 GMT -5 by Scumhunter
I am going to immediately lock this thread again after this....
Just wanted to mention I promised that I would lock this thread and instead provide an update on Hiers every six months starting in September 2020- the 2-year anniversary of his reported capture- to cut down on the- no offense to anyone- posts that don't add anything to the conversation and just makes it repetitive-- with the exception of if there's ever an article with concrete news clarifying his wanted or not status.
While it isn't concrete- I am breaking the rule of waiting until September unless there's 100 percent concrete news since there is a local news article from Feb. of this year mentioned that if Hiers was imprisoned in China for illegal entry- as someone on Reddit who claimed they were his cell mate posted- he would have served his sentence by now. However, despite that, it seems no one knows still what's going on with Hiers and China as no officials have verified one way or the other- leading to one former Attorney General of South Carolina to demand the public be given answers.
Also, the former AG apparently sent a letter to the current Governor of South Carolina asking him to seek Trump's help in intervening in this case.
So once again in September I will post again on any updates/lack-of-updates I can find (my update may be there is no update) and then announce my next month of planned updates. But in summary:
-It seems Hiers was arrested in China in 2018
-No one knows if he is still in jail, however.
-Things are still complicated in getting him back here whether he's in jail or not and I'm assuming the current 2019/2020 pandemic isn't helping either.
Once again I ask we just wait for me to do my monthly updates- next one scheduled for September 2020. I'm frustrated by how clandestine is everything is too, but this is China we're dealing with.
As promised, I am providing my planned every six months updates or lack of updates to keep everyone satisfied even though I locked this thread for further public discussion.
And right now I don't have any updates per se but the U.S. has recently suspended its' extradition treaty with Hong Kong- I am hoping this won't affect the Hiers case since supposedly he was supposed to be deported as opposed to extradited- but it is admittedly a concern of mine I felt the need to bring up.
Once again though- his status still remains as a mytsery.
The next planned update unless there's any official news sooner will be in March of 2021.
Post by Scumhunter on Sept 15, 2020 15:18:27 GMT -5
The U.S. Marshals made a post on Twitter today asking for info on the whereabouts of Dan Hiers- however it's still unclear if that means he was let go from China or it was just a formal post.
I think this means we can't officially claim he was captured- not my fault that's what news articles say- but once again it's still confusing as to what the situation with China is.
I think the best thing to do is move Hiers back to the still-at-large Top 15 fugitives section, but still have the thread locked for further discussion unless more concrete news comes out. This doesn't mean he's still at large or captured, but when the status is unknown, it is best to err on the side of caution and assume still-at-large unless proven otherwise.
Post by Scumhunter on Sept 17, 2020 0:28:17 GMT -5
I also want to clarify- I am only declaring Hiers a fugitive again to err on the side of caution. For all we know he could be in jail in China but they refuse to send him back because they want to try him for something. The Marshals made a post on Twitter as if Hiers was still at large but for all we know they rotate fugitives and there wasn't a reason other than he's still technically at large even if he's in a Chinese prison. Also we only had one news station as opposed to multiple news stations and you'd think if the Marshals really wanted to stress the point they'd make sure all the local stations provided coverage.
So once again:
-I do not know if Hiers is captured.
-I do not know if Hiers is still at large.
But when the status is unknown, I prefer to assume still at large until there's official word otherwise.
This is rather exhausting (not to sound selfish since Mila's family are the ones who should truly feel exasperated), but hopefully one day we will receive 100 percent unequivocal word one way or the other
Last Edit: Sept 17, 2020 0:28:49 GMT -5 by Scumhunter