The High Court in Accra says the state can go ahead to extradite British fugitive David McDermott for allegedly smuggling 400 kilogrammes of cocaine to the United Kingdom (UK).

According to the judge Merley Efua Wood, Ghana has an extradition treaty with the UK and that the crime is not a political crime. She also dismissed arguments that narcotic related issues are not extradition offences. 

The court, however, said though the state authorities failed to follow the right process it cannot be said to have occasioned a substantial miscarriage of judgement. The judge then remanded him in prison custody till his extradition warrant is issued.

David Philip McDermott has been on the run for the past three years from the authorities of the UK but was picked up at his hideout in Accra on March 11, 2016.

 

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