NEW DELHI: The CBI has sent two of its officials to London to facilitate extradition of Raymond Andrew Varley, who allegedly sexually abused minors at an orphanage in Goa.
According to sources, the officials would assist the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that acts as the principal prosecuting authority for Varley’s extradition.
The Westminster Magistrates Court had on May 8, 2014, rejected the application filed by the Indian Government to extradite Varley. Subsequently, an appeal was filed at the High Court of England and Wales, which would be heard on Friday.
Although, the CBI is not a party to the case, it is providing all evidences to the CPS for Varley’s extradition. Overwhelming evidence in the case suggest that some of the victims of Varley were kidnapped, abused and later sold to perverted tourists in Goa.
Several others were convicted in the paedophile ring, which operated from 1986 to 1992, but Varley managed to escape and is now trying every loopholes in the system to avoid extradition.
The mastermind of the ring, UK-based Peats, was jailed for life in 1996 and died in prison in 2005.
An arrest warrant was issued against Varley in 1996, but he evaded arrest by changing his locations in Thailand, Slovenia and Mexico. He was later caught in Bangkok and sent back to the UK.
Although, the UK Government had cleared Varley’s extradition, it was later rejected by the Westminster Court, citing he was a victim of memory loss. His lawyers had submitted a report of a private neuropsychologist to support the argument.
The judgement against the extradition had triggered massive controversy, but the CPS did not seek an independent medical opinion to corroborate Varley’s claim.