Pae­dophile cites ill health in fight against extradition

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS -

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

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