Tuesday 4th September, 2018 –Antigua and Barbuda achieved a first in legal History for the OECS when Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Anthony Armstrong successfully made an extradition request to the English Court, petitioning them to extradite a British Officer to face a rape charge in Antigua and Barbuda.
This was done through the United Kingdom Crown Prosecutions Service who presented the extradition request before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court before a senior District Judge in October of 2017.
The request was granted in July of 2018 after the British Court heard legal arguments for and against the request for the police officer’s extradition to Antigua and Barbuda.
The court’s decision was sent to the British Home Secretary for him to decide whether to issue an order for the return of the fugitive officer. The order was signed by the Home Secretary in August of 2018, paving the way for the British officer return to Antigua and Barbuda.
The DPP when asked to comment on the matter was very terse and said he was grateful and went on to thank the Assistant Commissioner of Police Clayton Davis who lead the investigation and consulted with him throughout.
Armstrong also thanked Miss Sirah Abrahams of the British High Commissioner’s Office in Bridgetown Barbados and Superintendent of Her Majesty’s Prison Albert Wade and the Attorney General for their cooperation throughout the process.
The fugitive despite the court and the Home Secretary ordering him to be extradited to Antigua and Barbuda may appeal the decision of the Home Secretary before another Court.
According to the Allegations the British Police Officer in May 2015 while on vacation in Antigua and Barbuda met with a foreign student studying at a local educational institution. Shortly after meeting the student he allegedly raped her. The matter was reported to the police who commenced investigation spear headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Clayton Davis. However before the suspected police officer could be apprehended he went back to the UK in late May of 2015.
Attorney General the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin said that he is very pleased with the hard work of the Director of Public prosecution Anthony Armstrong who is determined to ensure that all delinquent persons are brought to Justice. He carries out his duties without fear, malice, favor or ill well.
The Antigua and Barbuda Crown Prosecution Service which the DPP heads will be functional in the latter part of 2018 and the Attorney General welcomes this development.