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Jamaican man extradited to Canada to face aggravated assault charges

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 7:27 PM

George Flowers, the Jamaica man who waged a four-year legal battle with Jamaican authorities to block his extradition to Canada to answer sex-related charges, was handed over to Canadian authorities today. 

Jamaican law enforcement officials confirmed that Flowers was turned over to Canadian authorities at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston this afternoon and was immediately flown out of the country. 

This comes nearly six weeks after the Jamaican Supreme Court refused an application for leave, filed by his attorneys, seeking an order quashing the extradition warrant signed by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck in February this year. 

Prosecutors in Canada have indicated, in court documents, that Flowers is to stand trial there for aggravated assault.

According to the allegations outlined in court papers, Flowers engaged in sexual activities with five complainants while HIV positive, but failed to disclose his medical status.