March 23, 2006

Judge refuses to extradite priest to Britain

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The High Court has refused to order the extradition to Britain of a west of Ireland priest on charges of indecently assaulting young altar boys in the late 1960s.

The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan, yesterday said the surrender of the priest should not be ordered. Mr Justice Finnegan refused the extradition on grounds of excessive delay of some 30 years between the alleged offences and the making of the first complaint.

He also found inordinate and inexcusable the delay on the part of the British authorities - over two years - between taking the last complainant statement and applying for a European Arrest Warrant.

Posted by kshaw at March 23, 2006 08:52 AM