Corby legal team in row over decision on extradition
It follows a Supreme Court ruling last month that the extradition of convicted sex offender Geoffrey Dickens to Australia was legal and his legal team said they were hoping to persuade the High Court to take on the case.
Judge John Griffith QC, who sent Mr Dickens to a U.S. prison in 2015, found he should return after serving 11 years for raping an 11-year-old girl, saying there had been enough evidence for Mr Dickens’ extradition to proceed.
The case, brought by a family friend who believed Mr Dickens should be released after he had been freed as a prisoner of war, drew a critical distinction between what Australia’s laws should be and what they should be, particularly where there were clear breaches of a prisoner of war’s rights.
After the verdict the NSW Crime Commission’s assistant chief prosecutor for Eastern Australia, Andrew Young, welcomed the judgment, stating the judge had “exalted to us a common legal responsibility”.
“If the defendant does not wish to return to Australia,” he said, “his claim of refugee status must be denied.”
Mr Griffith said the judge was bound to respect the legal decision and did not accept that his actions were wrong.
“There is no suggestion of anything of the sort here, I can’t 우리카지노understand why someone would think otherwise. So my hope is that that will be the end of this matter,” he said.
NSW Police Chief Superintendent Greg Laidlaw and his officers welcomed the decision, with Chief Commissioner Ian Stewart, saying it was important to keep Mr Dickens and his family safe.
“However, I would urge anyone with any information or information concerning the whereabouts of the defendant to contact NSW Police or Crime Commission, the Australian Federal Police and or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
Mr Griffith, from Sydney, told the ABC that the Supreme Court in its ruling had given him reason to hope his advice had been taken into account when making decisions.
“[It was] a recognition of the importance of a full legal review of this issue … The judgment of the Supreme Court sets out a very clear legal requirement with respect to extradition in a criminal process. That was not a question of the police acting as a conduit … the judge has given me that legal mandate so I’m extremely happy with that.”
Justice Minister Michae