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Antigua: UK cop faces extradition for rape

A U.K. policeman who allegedly raped a university student while vacationing in Antigua three years ago, has been ordered extradited to face the very thing he took an oath to enforce – the law.

The officer, who cannot be named due to restrictions under the Sexual Offences Act in Antigua and Barbuda, learned last week that the British Home Secretary had decided to issue the order for him to be sent to Antigua for criminal proceedings for the offence which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

It’s the first time, according to the Ministry of Legal Affairs here, that officials from the twin island have sought and obtained an extradition order from the English Court. But it was not as easy as it sounds – the first request made by the local authorities was argued in November 2016 and denied in February 2017.

The second application, which was also done through the United Kingdom Crown Prosecutions Service which presented the extradition request in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court before a senior District Judge, was argued by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Anthony Armstrong, in October last year.

Subsequently, in July this year it was granted after the British Court heard legal arguments for and against the request for the police officer’s extradition to Antigua and Barbuda. And, after the assurances were given regarding where the accused would be held.

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