Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Paedophile Briton Is Freed as Extradition Attempt Fails

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Paedophile Briton Is Freed as Extradition Attempt Fails

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CONVICTED British paedophile Chris Denning - one of the founders of Radio 1 - who police want to quiz in connection with the Jonathan King sex abuse case was set free by a Prague court today.

Denning, 60, beat a British bid to extradite him to answer nine charges of sexually abusing underage boys in Britain in 1970 and 1971.

In the Czech Republic, if five years have elapsed since an alleged crime you cannot be prosecuted for it. Denning now has 10 days to quit the country and was told by court chairwoman Veronika Bohackova: "You are never to come back here again."

Denning was convicted of abusing boys in Prague nearly two years ago and was due to be freed in May this year but because of the extradition request from the British Government, he remained in custody in Prague's notorious Pankrac prison. He was handcuffed and shackled when he arrived today at Prague's main courthouse for the hour-long hearing.

One of the three presiding judges read out the prosecutor's statement that he found the British request invalid due to the time lapse. …

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