February 14, 2005

Catholic clergymen to be extradited to NZ


14 February 2005

A Sydney court has ordered two St John's of God clergymen to be extradited to New Zealand to face historic child abuse charges.

However, lawyers for the two men are to apply for a review of the decision, meaning the duo won't be leaving Australia in the near future.

A third man, a 83-year-old brother was ordered free from returning to New Zealand to face the charges.

Magistrate Hugh Dillon said the man was suffering from cerebral atrophy and it would be unjust to order his surrender to New Zealand.

Mr Dillon delayed imposing the surrender order until later today, when a bail application for a 69-year-old brother and 57-year-old priest would be made in the Federal Court.

Posted by kshaw at February 14, 2005 07:27 AM