Dec. 18, 2007:Congressman Tim Ryan Meets With Brazilian Officials Regarding Hoerig Case
Continues to pressure State Department, Brazilian Government to extradite
(Washington D.C.) – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-17) hosted Brazilian embassy officials in his office on Capitol Hill today in an effort to get them to extradite Claudia C. Hoerig, who has been charged with the murder of her husband, Karl Hoerig, in their Newton Falls home on March 12, 2007. Congressman Ryan spoke directly with Alfredo Leoni, Minister Counselor, Embassy of Brazil and Luiza Lopes da Silva, Head of the Consular Sector, Embassy of Brazil. The Brazilian diplomats reiterated their position that extraditing Ms. Hoerig would require Brazil to change a constitutional provision prohibiting the extradition of its citizens. Congressman Ryan vowed to continue to seek justice in this case.
“I’m not going to sit back and allow Claudia Hoerig to escape justice,” said Congressman Ryan. “We will find a way to try Ms. Hoerig and seek justice and closure for the Hoerig family.”
Over the past nine months, Congressman Ryan has fought hard to resolve this matter. He has been in constant contact with the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Justice, the Brazilian Ambassador to the United States, and the Brazilian Foreign Minister about the case. He is also considering legislation requiring the President to enter into substantive talks with Brazil about its constitution.
On March 10, 2007, Claudia Hoerig purchased a Smith and Wesson .357 five shot revolver and spent the rest of the day at the Warren Shooting Range. On March 12, 2007, Ms. Hoerig fatally shot her husband in their Newton Falls home. She then fled to her native Brazil where she retains citizenship in addition to her September 28, 1999 U.S. naturalization.