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Extradition of British drug lord placed on hold by High Court

The extradition of the British Fugitive David McDermott has been put on hold after the suspect challenged the decision of the district court which ordered his extradition to the United Kingdom.

The legal development has led the High Court presided over by Justice Dorgu adjourned the case to allow lawyers of the suspect to complete all filing and serving process on the court and the Attorney General.

The Criminal Division of the Accra High Court in April gave the green light to the state to extradite McDermott, for allegedly smuggling 400 kilograms of cocaine to the United Kingdom (UK).

According to the court, presided over by Mrs. Justice Merley Afua Wood, the UK government’s request for McDermott’s extradition was in line with all the necessary legal requirements in the country.

In its ruling, the court stated that the offences with which the accused had been charged were not political in nature, adding that they were recognisable under the laws of both countries.

McDermott had been hiding in Ghana from the British authorities under the name David Smith for the past three years for indulging in illegal drugs.

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