UK child sex fugitive can be extradited
Publish date: 13 November 2017
Issue Number: 751
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
The Cape Town Magistrate's Court has ruled that UK fugitive Lee Tucker – wanted in his home country for 42 paedophilia-related charges – is liable to be extradited, says a News24 report. The court has not given reasons for its decision and is expected to do so today. Tucker is in Pollsmoor Prison while he awaits a final decision on his extradition from Minister of Justice Michael Masutha. He has 15 days to lodge an appeal. Tucker was arrested in March 2016 after a provisional arrest request from the UK. He had been on the run for 15 years and was declared a fugitive from justice in 2016. Tucker was originally sentenced to eight years in prison by the Swindon Crown Court in South Wales in 2001, but the sentence was overturned on a technicality. A retrial on 42 child sex charges was ordered.