posted on Feb, 25 2003 @ 07:59 AM
Mr Bond was arrested and imprisoned in Durban
A 72-year-old retired charity worker has been arrested on a wine-tasting holiday in South Africa on suspicion of being one of America's most wanted
Derek Bond, a grandfather from Bristol, is being held in custody in Durban after he was detained at the request of FBI officials investigating fraud
in the United States
I hope the FBI have not made a mistake with this because this story is not playing very well here in the UK.
This man was not hiding in the UK yet he was arrested on his arrival in South Africa.So either a)The FBI asked the UK authorities for extradition and
were denied it because of lack of evidence.or b)The FBI didn't trust the UK to allow extradition and so didn't bother asking.
The media are getting hold of this and people are starting to ask how a 72 year old man can be held in a cell in South Africa for two weeks waiting
for the FBI to send someone over to start investigating.This is potentially damaging to relations between the UK and RSA and also between the UK and
USA at a time when the USA should be showing our government some common decency.Expect tomorrows newspapers to be full of this on tthe morning of the
day Blair asks the House of Commons for support for his Iraqi policy.