Amber Heard could face an FBI investigation and even extradition as Australian authorities pursue allegations of perjury.
Trouble seems to follow the Aquaman actress following her blockbuster defeat in the viral Depp-Heard trial as part of which she was ordered to pay her ex-husband $10.35 million for defaming her in her op-ed piece for The Washington Post back in 2018.
The perjury allegations against the 36-year-old actress stem from her 2015 visit to Queensland, Australia, where she broke the country’s strict Covid-19 restrictions by bringing her two dogs, Boo and Pistol, with her without declaring the animals.
The July 2015 case was closed at a Gold Coast court in the following year after the actress pleaded guilty to providing false information on an immigration document – a far lesser charge than perjury.
In October 2021, however, the case seemed to have been given a new life after it came to light that Heard allegedly lied to the authorities about the circumstances leading to her dogs’ entry into Australia.
As Kevin Murphy, Depp’s former estate manager, told the court in the 2020 UK libel case, Heard ordered him to lie under oath following the illegal import of her dogs to Australia.
As Daily Mail Australia revealed last week, the country’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment confirmed that the case against Heard is active and that allegations of perjury and illegal importation of the two dogs are still being investigated.
If found guilty of perjury, the actress could potentially be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison.
While extradition is possible but very unlikely, Heard could be arrested upon her return to Australia should the claims of perjury against her prove to be true.
A retired FBI Special Agent has since spoken out and revealed that the Bureau, which has permanently assigned agents in Australia, could assist Aussie authorities due to the fact that Heard and relevant witnesses are located overseas.
“The FBI maintains an office in Canberra and there are FBI Agents permanently assigned to Australia [on a rotating basis],” Bobby Chacon revealed.
“Part of their mission is liaison and assistance, so if the Australians needed something from here in the US they would certainly contact the FBI’s Australia Office and the FBI would likely assist.”
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