28 Aug 2018

Court of Appeal rejects NZer's bid to stop his extradiction

8:42 pm on 28 August 2018

The Court of Appeal has thrown out a New Zealand man's bid to stop his extradition to Australia.

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Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Raymond Joseph Tukaki faces six historic charges of violent and sexual assault against his ex-partner and her baby, while he was living in Darwin almost 20 years ago.

The Australian authorities want the 42-year-old to be tried in the Northern Territory.

Mr Tukaki's lawyer argued that it was oppressive for him to be separated from his whānau and his iwi.

But the Court of Appeal has dismissed those arguments.

In its judgement, it said by not surrendering Mr Tukaki to Australia, New Zealand would become a safe haven for him.