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SA to extradite wanted UK man

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg - Convicted UK drug trafficker and fraudster Martin Evans will be extradited to his home country, SABC news reported on Monday.

The British fugitive made a brief appearance in the Randburg Magistrate's Court.

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epa04339549 An undated handout photograph made available by the British National Crime Agency showing Martin Evans from Pontarddulais, near Swansea, Wales. Martin Evans, one of Britain's most wanted men, went missing after he was given weekend leave from jail in November 2011. Media reports state on 03 August 2014 that Evans has been arrested in South Africa. The National Crime Agency allege that Martin Evans between 1999 and 2001 led an organised crime group supplying cocaine, MDMA and ecstasy, he is also wanted for fraudulent trading. EPA/THE NATIONAL CRIME AGENCY / HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

According to the report, the 52-year-old man told the court he would not appeal the judgment.

He was arrested at a complex in Midrand on August 2 by police and Interpol.

Evans, from Swansea in Wales, had been on the run since 2011 when he failed to return to prison after being given a short release of a few days.

He was serving 21 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine, and fraudulent trading.

Sapa

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