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Australian arrested in Thailand to face child sex charges.



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SENATOR THE HON. CHRISTOPHER ELLISON

Minister for Justice and Customs

Senator for Western Australia

E144/04 1 October 2004

Australian arrested in Thailand to face child sex charges

An Australian man wanted in South Australia on child sex charges has been arrested in Bangkok by Thai police, the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison, said today.

Royal Thai Police yesterday arrested John Mountford following a provisional arrest request from Australia, Senator Ellison said.

Mountford is wanted to face prosecution in South Australia for sexual offences against a minor.

The offences were allegedly committed between 27 October 1991 and 31 May 1992, while Mountford was employed as a chaplain at St Peter’s College, a private school in Adelaide.

The offences, namely five counts of indecent assault, one count of unlawful sexual intercourse and two counts of procuring the commission of an act of gross indecency, were allegedly committed against a 14-year-old male student of the school.

Following Mountford’s arrest, Australia will now make a formal extradition request to Thailand.

“The Australian Government is totally committed to the protection of children and working with other countries to ensure people do not escape justice by moving beyond Australia's borders,” Senator Ellison said.

“This sends a very clear message that those who allegedly breach Australian laws will be tracked down and brought to justice,” he said.

“Australia has an excellent co-operative relationship in extradition matters with Thailand and is very appreciative of the tremendous assistance received from the Thai authorities in this matter.

“This arrest follows the significant cooperation we have received recently from Thai authorities in extraditing two individuals, Hasan Ayoub and Ali Hassan Abdolamir Al Jenabi, to face prosecution in Australia on people smuggling charges,” Senator Ellison said.

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