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Court turns down appeal filed by man challenging extradition to Canada

Published:Tuesday | January 31, 2017 | 1:20 PM

The attorney for George Flowers, the Jamaican man challenging his extradition to Canada to answer to sex-related crimes, say he’s meeting with his client to determine the next move after the Court of Appeal turned down his application.

Flowers had applied to the appeals court for an extension of time for his appeal to be heard.

However, the application was refused when the matter came before the court yesterday.

John Thompson told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the appeals court ruled that the grounds of appeal were not filed within the prescribed time in law and turned down the application.

The court ruling means that law enforcement can execute the extradition warrant on Flowers, who has been in custody for more than two years.

A new warrant was signed on November 30 by Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck.

Thompson had expressed concern that Chuck signed the warrant before the application was heard.

Flowers is wanted in Canada on several counts of aggravated sexual assault, allegedly committed between 1997 and 2011.

He's accused of having sexual intercourse without disclosing his HIV status.

Complaints have been made by four women including his wife.

Flowers was ordered extradited by the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court in August 2014 and was arrested in Jamaica on June 4 that same year.

Since then, he has been fighting his extradition.