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Canadian paedophile may be extradited
Ajit Jain in Toronto | June 03, 2007 20:04 IST
According to a front page report in Sunday's Toronto Star, Ernest Fenewick MacIntosh, was reportedly free all these years sexually abusing young boys overseas while the Canadian authorities dragged their feet on his extradition from India.
This report reveals that in 2002, MacIntosh was able to have his Canadian passport renewed in India when Police and Canadian justice officials were reportedly considering how to have him extradited from India. Without a passport MacIntosh would have to leave the country.
"I don't understanding why he was able to get a new passport, or why weren't asked to arrest him soonest," New Delhi Police Inspector Awanish Dwivedi is quoted as saying.
"It appears to me the whole system in Canada was asleep."
This man, according to the Canadian daily, was first charged in 1995 after one man in Nova Scotia alleged he was abused as a young boy. But it wasn't until 2006 that the Canadian authorities asked India to arrest McIntosh and send him back to face justice.
During this time, this man lived in New Delhi's best neighborhoods and traveled overseas as a high-flying manager for major electronics companies. He befriended dozens of young boys at schools, churches and just through chance encounters on the street.
According to the published report, two former students of Gandhi Ashram, a school in northeastern India run by a Canadian priest, now say MacIntosh took them to area hotels where he fondled them or coerced them into performing oral sex.
And the alleged offences in Canada date back to the 1970s, when MacIntosh ran his own electronics company in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia.
After MacIntosh was charged, police reportedly tracked him down in India and asked him in August 1996 to return to Canada to face trial but he refused.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police asked the federal government to revoke his passport hoping that Indian authorities would then deport him.
The Canadian Federal authorities tried to take away his passport in September 1997 but MacIntosh fought that move in Federal court. The Judge was not reportedly impressed by the government's evidence and ordered another hearing. The Federal government abandoned that case.
The extradition request to Indian authorities was finally made last July and thus he was later arrested and is currently lodged in Delhi's Tihar Jail.
He's allowed outside the Tihar jail during business hours under guard to wrap his affairs.
His defense lawyer in New Delhi, Harvinder Singh Phoolka, reportedly says his client is not contesting his extradition and thinks an Indian judge may order him returned to Canada after his next court appearance this month.