June 10, 2009: House of Representatives Passes Ryan-Boccieri Hoerig Resolution
Amendment to the Foreign Relations Authorization Act calls for justice for Karl Hoerig
(Washington D.C.) – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-17) and Congressman John Boccieri (OH-16) today announced the successful passage of an amendment to the Foreign Relations Authorization Act calling for justice in the case of slain Air Force Reserve Major Karl Hoerig. The amendment expresses the sense of Congress that, “The U.S. government should, as a priority matter, work with prosecutors in the State of Ohio, as well as facilitate the cooperation with the government of Brazil, in order to obtain justice in this tragic case.”
To date, Brazil refuses to extradite Mrs. Hoerig despite an existing extradition treaty with the U.S. As a result, justice for Major Hoerig’s family remains out of reach, despite the fact that the crime of aggravated murder is recognized by every country in the world.
“We are working hard in Washington to secure the justice that Major Hoerig’s family deserves,” said Congressman Ryan. “It is imperative that we bring closure to this case and see that Ms. Hoerig sees trial.”
“Karl is my friend and I will not stand by and let this case go unresolved,” said Boccieri. “We are working to correct the uneven extradition treaty Brazil maintains with the U.S. so that we can finally bring Claudia Hoerig to justice and give Karl’s family the closure they rightfully deserve.”
Congressman Ryan has fought for the past two years to bring Claudia Hoerig to justice. 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. Congressman Boccieri and Karl Hoerig served in the United States Air Force together since 2000. They flew C-130 airplanes for the 910 Airlift Wing in Youngstown. Earlier this year, Ryan and Boccieri sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking for her immediate assistance in obtaining an extradition hearing for Ms. Hoerig, who is a Brazilian national.
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 allegedly shot her husband in their Newton Falls home. She then fled to her native Brazil where she claims citizenship (in addition to her September 28, 1999 U.S. naturalization).