US ‘puts pressure on UK to extradite Prince Andrew for questioning over Epstein sexual abuse allegations’
US ‘puts pressure on Britain to extradite Prince Andrew for questioning over Jeffrey Epstein sexual abuse allegations’
- US reaffirms ‘close relationship’ with UK when it comes to ‘legal assistance’
- US prosecutors consider Andrew a ‘person of interest’ in Jeffrey Epstein investigation
- US says investigators haven’t been able to talk to Duke of York so far
The US has pressured Britain into trying to force Prince Andrew to cooperate with investigators over sexual abuse claims, it has been reported.
Investigators investigating the case of Ghislaine Maxwell and other associates of dead billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein would like to speak with the Duke of York about his friendship with the pedophile financier.
Officials from President Biden’s administration confirmed the US and UK’s ‘close relationship’ when it comes to offering ‘legal assistance’ in criminal cases, amid growing frustration over Prince Andrew’s refusal to work with investigators. to go
A US government official told the Sun: ‘The US and UK have a close, productive and resilient law enforcement and mutual legal assistance relationship.
The US has pressured Britain into trying to force Prince Andrew (pictured with Virginia Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell) to cooperate with investigators over sexual abuse allegations
“We are in close contact with many active cases on a daily basis and will continue to seek help in criminal cases as we provide similar assistance in return.”
Prosecutors last year sent the British government a formal request, known as a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), asking for access to the prince so they could talk to him.
Pictured: Jeffrey Epstein
The MLAT is a procedure used in criminal investigations to collect material from abroad that cannot be easily obtained on a cooperative basis, but it is clear that the Duke of York has yet to cooperate.
Andrew remains a person of interest to prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New York’s Southern District — but they don’t expect to be able to interview him in the near future, it has been reported.
As a person of interest, at least the Queen’s son is seen as a potential witness – and questioning him would be part of the investigation into possible co-conspirators.
Prosecutors said earlier this month that Andrew, 61, had “falsely presented himself to the public as eager and willing to cooperate,” but failed to interview federal authorities and repeatedly declined requests to speak with investigators.
It comes as Virginia Giuffre, who has said she was abused by Epstein, filed a civil complaint against Andrew in Manhattan federal court.
Ms Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, alleges that Epstein forced her into unwanted sexual intercourse with Andrew at the London home of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell – Epstein’s alleged Mrs.
Ms. Giuffre is now suing Andrew in a New York court for alleged “first-degree rape,” sexual assault and sexual abuse, claiming she thought she would be killed by Epstein if she didn’t sleep with Andrew.
The Duke of York has vehemently denied the allegations.
Earlier this month, Dame Cressida Dick, the UK’s highest-ranking police officer, revealed that she had told Met detectives to review claims against the prince and warned: ‘No one is above the law.’
Ghislaine Maxwell pleaded not guilty to charges that she bought teenage girls for Epstein for sexual abuse between 1994 and 2004. She is expected to appear in court in November.
Epstein died in his prison cell in 2019 after being charged with sex trafficking.
The prince’s representatives declined to comment, but have previously denied there was anything wrong with not helping.