British fugitive to be extradited

British fugitive, Arthur Simpson -Kent, alleged to have murdered his wife, and two children has voluntarily availed himself to be extradicted to the United Kingdom (UK) to face trial.

Simpson-Kent made the admission at an Accra High Court yesterday, after his lawyer, Justice Shrem-Sai requested the court to allow him to have access to his client, since the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) had denied him access to the accused while in custody.

The court granted his request.

Mr. Shrem-Sai said that the accused, who came to Ghana from UK, was not running away from justice, adding that but for the detention of his client, he would have been in the UK by now.

Shrem-Sai said, his client, wanted to submit himself voluntarily to be extradicted to the UK, to bring an end to the extradition process.

The judge, Merley Afua Wood posed a question for the accused to make admission, as to whether he was availing himself to be sent voluntarily to UK, following which the accused responded “ Yes my Lord, that’s correct”.

When the court asked the accused whether he was coerced, he said, “No”.

Subsequently, the Principal State Attorney, Rebecca Adjalo said, Ghana’s law allowed a fugitive to wave the extradition, by voluntarily requesting his return.

Detective Corporal Alhaji Ali Ganani, the Principal State Attorney tendered in a case brief document, which contained deposition from the Judicial Officers in UK, detailing how the accused, after committing the offense found his way to Ghana.

Detective Corporal Ganani of the Interpol Unit at the Headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) said, the police received a notice from Interpol Manchester, in UK to assist in the arrest and extradition of Simpson-Kent, who was wanted in UK.

The investigator said, the Ghana Police gathered intelligence that the accused was hiding in the Western Region and a team of detectives were dispatched to locate and arrest the fugitive.

Consequently, Detective Corporal Ganani said the fugitive was arrested at Butre, near Busua beach and charged, and remanded by the Kaneshie Magistrate’s Court.

He said the police received a case brief with an attached arrest warrant issued by a District Court in the UK, adding that it was sent to the Interior Ministry for the diplomatic processes to be followed.

The Judge ruled, charging the Attorney-General to expedite the process for his voluntarily deportation, while he was kept in BNI custody, adding that the fugitive’s counsel must be allowed access to his client.

Simpson-Kent, was said to have murdered his girlfriend Sian Blake, 43 and children, Zachary 8, Amon, 4 and later fled to Ghana.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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