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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on the Extradition of Claudia Hoerig

January 18, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC -- Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement regarding the extradition of Claudia Hoerig, who was booked into the Trumbull County Jail this evening for the 2007 murder of her husband, Major Karl Hoerig. 

"It has been over 10 years since Claudia Hoerig murdered her husband, Major Karl Hoerig, in cold blood before fleeing the country to her native Brazil. Since then, our community has remained steadfast in its quest for justice. Tonight, a major development in that journey took place when Claudia Hoerig was extradited from Brazil and booked into the Trumbull County Jail. She will finally face justice for her despicable act. I am overjoyed that we are one big step closer to bringing closure to Karl's family and friends, but mindful that today’s news is bittersweet. No matter what happens to Claudia, our community and Karl’s family is still missing a good man. Tonight I am happy to be making progress, and grateful for the hard work of the countless individuals who have worked tirelessly to get to this point," said Congressman Ryan.

Congressman Ryan’s Action Timeline on the Claudia Hoerig Case:

(LETTER) May 4, 2007 letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales(link is external)

(LETTER) May 4, 2007 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice(link is external)

(LETTER) November 20, 2007 letter to Brazilian Foreign Minister Amorim (link is external)

(LETTER) November 27, 2007 letter to Brazilian Ambassador Patriota (link is external)

(LETTER) November 29, 2007 letter to Brazilian Ambassador Patriota (link is external)

(MEETING) December 18, 2007 Ryan meets with Brazilian Officials regarding Hoerig Case

(VIDEO) April 3, 2008 Ryan facilitates AMVETS Commander to speak on Hoerig Case

(LETTER) April 21, 2008 letter to Brazilian Ambassador Patriota(link is external)

(LETTER) April 21, 2008 letter to Brazilian Chamber of Deputies President Arlindo Chinaglia (link is external)

(LETTER) April 21, 2008 letter to Brazilian President Lula da Silva(link is external)

(LETTER) April 21, 2008 letter to President of the Senate Garilbaldi Alves(link is external)

(LETTER) April 21, 2008 letter to U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Clifford Sobrel(link is external)

(LETTER) April 21, 2008 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice(link is external)

(LETTER) March 4, 2009 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton(link is external)

(BILL INTRODUCTION) June 11, 2009 Ryan introduces Ryan-Boccieri Hoerig Resolution

(LETTER) March 3, 2011 letter to U.S. President Barack Obama (link is external)

(LETTER) May 26, 2011 letter to Mary Warlow, U.S. Director of International Affairs, Dept. of Justice (link is external)

(BILL INTRODUCTION) June 21, 2011 Ryan introduces Brazilian Foreign Aid Fairness Act

(LETTER) July 27, 2011 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

(VIDEO) June 7, 2012 Ryan Spoke on House Floor on Claudia Hoerig and Brazilian Visa Amendment

(BILL INTRODUCTION) February 14, 2013 Ryan Introduces "End Immunity for Brazilian Criminals Act" and the "Karl Hoerig Foreign Aid Suspension Act”

(LETTER) March 12, 2013 letter to Brazilian Ambassador Mauro Vieira

(VIDEO) April 17, 2013 Ryan protests Brazilian contract during Defense Appropriations Hearing over Hoerig Case

(PRESS RELEASE) April 22, 2013 Ryan Questions Former Defense Secretary Hagel

May 22, 2013 Ryan introduces Amendment to restrict immigrant visas for Brazilians

(PRESS RELEASE) July 31, 2013 Brazil Revokes Hoerig’s Citizenship

(VIDEO) June 5, 2013 Ryan speaks on House Floor on Amendment to Restrict Brazilian Immigrant Visas

(BILL INTRODUCTION) June 15, 2015 Ryan introduces ‘Karl Hoerig Foreign Aid Suspension Act’

(BILL INTRODUCTION) June 15, 2015 Ryan introduces ‘End Immuity for Brazilian Criminals Act’

(PRESS RELEASE) July 31, 2013 Brazil Revokes Hoerig’s Citizenship

(PRESS RELEASE) June 29, 2015 Ryan Calls on Brazilian President to Extradite Hoerig

Letters Received:

December 17, 2007 letter from Brazillian Ambassador Patriota(link is external)

December 17, 2007 letter from the U.S. State Department(link is external)

December 21, 2007 letter from the Brazil Ministry of External Relations(link is external)

January 23, 2008 letter from the Justice Department Office of Legislative Affairs(link is external)

May 23, 2008 letter from the State Department Office of Legislative Affairs(link is external)

February 24, 2009 letter from the State Department Office of Legislative Affairs(link is external)

September 19, 2011 letter from the State Department Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs

October 24. 2011 letter from the Brazillian Ambassador to the United States of America, Mauro Vieira

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