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Fred Russell seeks asylum from Irish Government

WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. - Frederick Russell sought an asylum from the Irish Government Thursday.

The Irish Supreme Court agreed to return Russell to the United States to face charges for a drunk driving accident that killed three Washington State University students. 

The Whitman County Prosecutor said the asylum request could cause delays in that ruling.  If the Irish Government grants him the asylum United State authorities would not be able to touch him.

In June of 2001 a group of seven young adults in their early twenties left a Whitman County movie theater and had a tragic car accident with Russell.

Sumeer Ranade survived the accident.  He said, "given the speed he was traveling at and the size of the truck. I'm just glad I'm still here and fully functional."

Ranade has recovered but suffered extensive injuries because of the accident.  He spent two months in a nursing home getting better and suffered depression after losing three friends in the accident, but despite everything he said he is not angry at Russell. 

Ranade said, "I don't know what else to say.  Cowardly or shameless that he couldn't fuss up to the fact that he did this."

According to the Whitman County Prosecutor's Office, Russell fled Washington, headed to Canada and eventually ended up in Dublin, Ireland. 

Whitman County Prosecutor Carol LaVerne said, "Once he was put on the U.S. Marshall's 15 most wanted list that goes onto a website somebody in Dublin saw his picture on the website and turned him in."

Russell claimed in the past that people threatened his life. 

The Whitman County Prosecutor does not know how long it will take for the Irish Government to make a decision on whether or not to grant Russell the asylum.