May 03, 2006

NZ to appeal extradition decision


Thursday May 4 06:58 AEST
Authorities will appeal an Australian decision not to extradite a Catholic priest and monk to face sex offences charges in a New Zealand court.

New Zealand's The Press newspaper reported an appeal would be lodged against an Australian Federal Court decision released two weeks ago overturning an extradition order for Brother Roger Moloney, 71, and Father Raymond Garchow, 58.

The men belong to the St John of God Order and were due to face charges of sexual abuse relating to children at Christchurch's Marylands Special School in the 1970s.

Justice Rodney Madgwick ruled in Sydney the delay in bringing the charges meant the pair would not get a fair trial in New Zealand.

Posted by kshaw at May 3, 2006 05:11 PM