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Denis Alexander, 83, was arrested in Australia in January 2017 after the UK requested extradition for allegations that he physically and sexually abused children between 1970 and 1976 at a Catholic boarding school in Scotland

Priest accused of sexually abusing six children will be extradited to the UK to get charges

  • Retired priest Denis Alexander, 83, is accused of having sexually abused six children
  • The alleged violations took place in the 1970s at a Catholic boarding school in Scotland
  • Alexander was arrested in Australia and has lost a legal bid against extradition
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A retired priest from Sydney who was accused of sexual abuse of six children in the UK in the 1970s has lost a legal bid against extradition.

Denis Alexander, 83, was arrested in Australia in January 2017 after the UK requested extradition for allegations that he physically and sexually abused children between 1970 and 1976 at a Catholic boarding school in Scotland.

The children were then between 11 and 15 years old.

Denis Alexander, 83, was arrested in Australia in January 2017 after the UK requested extradition for allegations that he physically and sexually abused children between 1970 and 1976 at a Catholic boarding school in Scotland

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Denis Alexander, 83, was arrested in Australia in January 2017 after the UK requested extradition for allegations that he physically and sexually abused children between 1970 and 1976 at a Catholic boarding school in Scotland

More than two years after his arrest, Federal Attorney General Christian Porter decided to hand over Alexander to the UK in March 2019.

Alexander then applied to the Federal Court to have the decision reviewed.

Alexander's attorney, Greg Smith SC, argued that the advice to Attorney General & # 39; insufficient attention & # 39; spent on the age of the priest and the risk to his health if he was forced to travel to the UK.

The court was told that Alexander suffers from various chronic and ongoing health problems and has been diagnosed with cognitive impairment. He has a preliminary assessment of early dementia.

If he sent him abroad, it would reduce his life expectancy and pose a real risk of death and undermine his ability to defend himself in criminal proceedings, Mr. Smith argued.

But Michael Lee, the federal court, rejected the request on Thursday and found that the analysis of the department of Alexander & # 39; s health was transparent and had been considered by the Attorney General.

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& # 39; In short, the Attorney General's decision is one that a decision maker could reasonably take in all circumstances, & he said.

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