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Royal Consulate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia v. Pullan, 2016 UT 5 (Jan. 15, 2016)

Jan 15, 2016

 A Saudi national was arrested and charged with rape. The Royal Consulate of Saudi Arabia posted $100.000 bail. Shortly after, the defendant was detained trying to cross the border into Tijuana, Mexico. The court ordered bail forfeited. The defendant was extradited to Utah and moved to set aside the forfeiture, arguing in part that the Consulate was entitled to notice as a surety. The Consulate appealed on the basis that it was a surety and was entitled to notice. The Supreme Court held the Consulate was not a surety for the purposes of Utah Code § 77-20-4(1)(b).