Paedophile cites ill health in fight against extradition
An Australian man, who was convicted and imprisoned for child sex crimes committed in Cape Town, is fighting tooth and nail to avoid being extradited to his home country, where he is wanted in connection with similar child sex allegations.
Through his lawyer, Anthony Freedendal, 75, appealed to a Wynberg magistrate to consider his ill health. He has skin cancer, TB, high blood pressure, diabetes, bronchitis and a heart condition, attorney William Booth submitted during Freedendal’s extradition inquiry yesterday.
The accused’s head was bandaged as a result of surgery he underwent while in Pollsmoor Prison.
The State launched the inquiry after authorities in Australia formally requested Freedendal’s extradition so that he can be tried in connection with 24 charges, including indecent assault, persistent sexual exploitation of a child and unlawful sexual intercourse.
According to papers before the court, the offences were allegedly committed from June 1999 to January 2003 and the alleged victims were girls and boys, aged seven to 11. Among them was a nine-yearold intellectually disabled girl.
State advocate Megan Blows said there were two prerequisites which must be established before a person could be surrendered to a foreign state. These were that the person sought must be found to be liable to be surrendered, and evidence against the accused must be sufficient to warrant a prosecution in the foreign state. – ANA