Briton to be extradited to the UK to face fraud charges

The man is wanted on charges of defrauding his partner

The man was found in Gozo after an alert came through on the police's Schengen Information System(File Photo)
The man was found in Gozo after an alert came through on the police's Schengen Information System(File Photo)

A 55-year-old British man is to be extradited to the UK to face charges as he stands accused of defrauding his 82-year-old partner, with whom he had moved to Gozo.

Mark Anthony Saunders was arrested and brought before a court on 16 March following an alert on the Schengen Information System posted on 1 March.

The alert was the result of a European Arrest Warrant issued by a district judge in Birmingham last November, where Saunders is wanted to face fraud charges.

Saunders had previously been employed in the UK as a carer with an elderly British couple and had entered into a relationship with the woman after the death of her husband. The man is alleged to have then acquired some properties, half of which had been paid for by the widow.

The couple relocated to Gozo in 2016 and have been living there ever since.

During his arraignment, Saunders’ lawyer had told the court that the extradition request followed a “malicious” case filed by the children of his client’s partner.

But on Tuesday magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech concluded there was bar to extradition, upholding the request and committing him to custody pending his return. 

The court said the offence for which the man was wanted back in the UK was an extraditable one in terms of law and stated that the man’s return was to be subject to the law of speciality, which, in simple terms, meant that the man could only be tried in connection with those offences mentioned in the EAW.

Inspector Mark Galea prosecuted.

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