A Brisbane man has reportedly been extradited to the United Kingdom, where he will face historic child sex abuse charges.
In response to an extradition request from the UK’s Greater Manchester Police, the 47-year-old was arrested at his Moorooka home by the AFP’s Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (FAST) on 16 February 2022 and was held in custody until the date of his extradition.
At Sydney International airport on Monday, 11 July 2022, the man was handed over by officers from the Australian Federal Police to the Metropolitan Police Service’s National Extradition Unit.
AFP Superintendent Transnational Operations Jared Taggard said the arrest resulted from Australia’s strong partnership with UK law enforcement. Superintendent Taggard said,
“These operations demonstrate the cooperation and international reach of law enforcement and should serve as a reminder to anyone who allegedly commits offences against children, you are not untouchable, and police will not stop looking for you.”
The Australian Federal Police Strike force FAST says it will continue to make it easier for law enforcement agencies across multiple jurisdictions to jointly investigate criminals who have evaded the law by sharing operational intelligence and cooperation in complex cross-border investigations.