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Pensioner in 'most wanted' arrest

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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 men.
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.

posted on Feb, 25 2003 @ 08:39 AM
If he is innocent then he is looking at a hefty payout from the US Government.
As for getting him in SA, it might have something to do with the Pinochet debacle. If anyone should have been extradited in Britain ( to Spain ) it should have been him.

posted on Feb, 25 2003 @ 10:11 AM
It has nothing to do with the Pinochet case.There is no relevence.
I doubt if a 72 year old former buisinessman out on a family holiday would consider a cash settlement consolation for a fortnight in a Durban Cell.The Prime Minister will get a question in the House about this tomorrow.The timing is not good.

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