17 Dec 2014

Ruling on child sex extradition

5:33 pm on 17 December 2014

After a long legal battle, the High Court in Christchurch has cleared the way for a former Catholic brother facing hundreds of sex charges to be extradited to Australia.

The court found former Justice Minister Judith Collins made no reviewable errors when she ruled in August that Bernard McGrath should face extradition.

Mr McGrath had sought a judicial review of the decision on a number of points, including that Ms Collins showed bias, abdicated her responsibilities and made errors of fact.

In a decision released this afternoon, Justice Mander declined Mr McGrath's bid to have the Minister's ruling reviewed.

Mr McGrath claimed the minister was biased because of her friendship with the blogger Cameron Slater, who Mr McGrath claims published suppressed information about his case.

But Justice Mander said the claim of bias was based on unfounded speculation about communication between Judith Collins and Cameron Slater.

In November 2012, Australian federal police requested the extradition of Mr McGrath to face 252 charges related to sex offences.

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