Sunday, December 10, 2017

British National Moves High Court Against Extradition Proceedings

New Delhi: A 73-year-old British national, wanted in a child abuse and trafficking case in the Philippines, has moved the Delhi High Court challenging the proceedings in a trial court to extradite him to that country.

A bench of justices Vipin Sanghi and P S Teji has sought the response of the Centre on the plea of Lennox James Ellis, who was arrested from Goa on June 9 last year on the basis of a Red Corner Notice issued by Interpol at the behest of the Philippines government.

Ellis has been lodged in Tihar Jail since July 11 last year where he was sent after being incarcerated in a Goa jail for over a month.

He had entered India on January 15 last year on a valid tourist visa and was arrested from Goa airport when he was about to board a flight to Bangkok.

In his plea filed through advocate Ramni Taneja, Ellis has contended that he cannot be extradited to Philippines as the extradition treaty of India with that country was published in the Official Gazette on August 23, 2016, much after his arrest.

Therefore, the Extradition Act cannot be applied to him retrospectively, he has contended.

He also argued that he has been incarcerated in India for nearly 17 months "arbitrarily and illegally and without any legal basis whatsoever".

He also claimed in his plea that the issue of his extradition is between the UK and the Philippines and "India has no nexus whatsoever in this case".
10/12/17 NDTV