8 Sep 2004

Britain seeks extraditions from NZ and Australia for Pitcairn sex trial

4:10 pm on 8 September 2004

Four men living in New Zealand could face extradition over alleged sex crimes against under age girls on Pitcairn Island.

The British High Commission in Wellington has confirmed that two other men living in Australia could also be extradited on sex charges.

The island's deputy governor, Matthew Forbes, says extradition requests for the six have been sent to New Zealand and Australian authorities.

He says the Auckland District Court has ordered the extradition of three of the New Zealand defendants so far, but they could yet appeal the decision.

This brings to 13 the number of men now facing allegations of underage sex, including the seven still living on Pitcairn.

The seven men on Pitcairn, whose names have been suppressed, will stand trial there this month.