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A 47-year-old man from Brisbane has been extradited to the UK to face historic child sex offences.

AFP handed the man over to officers from the Metropolitan Police’s National Extradition Unit at Sydney International Airport on Monday, July 11, 2022, before they boarded an international flight.

The wanted man was arrested by the AFP Fugitive Apprehension Team (FAST) at his home in Muruk on 16 February 2022 in response to an extradition request from the United Kingdom on behalf of Greater Manchester Police. He remained in custody from the time of his arrest until his extradition to the UK.

The AFP and UK authorities worked closely with the Australian Attorney-General’s Department throughout the extradition process.

AFP head of transnational operations Jared Taggart said the arrest demonstrated the strong partnership between Australian and UK law enforcement in bringing offenders to justice.

“These operations demonstrate the cooperation and international reach of law enforcement agencies and should serve as a reminder to all alleged perpetrators of crimes against children that you are not untouchable and the police will not stop looking for you,” he said.

AFP’s FAST aims to make it easier for police in different jurisdictions to jointly investigate fugitives, share operational intelligence and strengthen cooperation for complex and cross-border investigations.

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