An Accra High Court has ruled for the extradition of British fugitive David McDermott, who is facing charges relating to drug trafficking.
McDermott, 42, was arrested in Ghana on March 11, 2016, following a joint operation between United Kingdom (UK) and Ghanaian security personnel.
The case, which was presided over by Justice Merley, ruled that the suspect should be taken to the UK where he will stand trial for drug offences, reports Class FM’s court correspondent, Nabil Ahmed Rufai.
The court has, therefore, ordered his detention in Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) custody pending a warrant from the Ministry of the Interior for his extradition.
He was a target in Operation Captura – a collaboration between British and Spanish authorities to track down Britain’s most wanted fugitives in Spain.
Mr McDermott is suspected to have been a member of a Liverpool-based organised crime group involved in a conspiracy to import and supply cocaine, which was seized from a container of frozen Argentinian beef in May 2013 at Tilbury Docks. He is also wanted for conspiracy to blackmail.
He was in possession of a Ghanaian passport with the name David Smith when he was arrested. He had lived in Ghana for three years and married the “step-daughter” of former Bank of Ghana Governor Dr Henry Wampah.