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18 Nov 2014
4:54 pm

Frenchman fights extradition to India

A French national, arrested in Namibia last year and wanted in India for allegedly committing sexual acts with minor boys, appealed against his extradition on Tuesday.

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Mathieu Nicolas Furic, 46, brought an urgent application in the Windhoek High Court on Tuesday, asking it to set aside the extradition order handed down by the magistrate’s court in September.

“My client cannot be extradited to India now as the formal extradition request and related documents from Indian authorities sent to Namibia are not properly authenticated,” his lawyer Sisa Namandje told the court.

Prosecutor Simba Nunda opposed the appeal, a Sapa correspondent reported.

“The ruling will be made next week Thursday,” Judge Christie Liebenberg said.

Furic remains in custody. He was arrested on arrival at Walvis Bay airport on June 20 after arriving on a flight from South Africa. Airport officials noted on their computer system that Interpol had issued a “red alert” and that Indian police had a warrant of arrest for Furic.

The French national allegedly intended getting a job as a fisherman in Walvis Bay on a boat heading for Angola.

On December 2, 2013 the beach police in Puri, India, received a complaint from former US military officer James Foster Garman about Furic having had sex with minor boys a few days earlier on Penthakota beach.

According to the Indian Express newspaper, when police went to Furic’s hotel he had already left. Police issued a warrant of arrest on January 17 this year and contacted Interpol.