Mike Hale says he ‘won’t come back’

2013-12-18 00:00

WHILE Mike Hale has said in a recent interview with the BBC that he will not return to South Africa, authorities here have told The Witness that they think differently.

In yet another interview with British journalists, Hale — wanted here for 45 counts of insurance fraud totalling R20 million — told BBC Radio Cornwall’s Martin Bailie that he was innocent of the accusations against him.

In the interview, which was broadcast last week, Hale told Bailie, “Things have been said that are not true. People who are involved have not owned up over there in SA and I certainly have not taken any money. Do I look like I’ve got a million-and-a-half [pounds]? Really, it’s just crazy.”

Bailie asked Hale if he would return to South Africa. Hale replied, “Not particularly, no. Not in the circumstances … I’m really hurt at what happened … The accusations are wrong.”

Hale said those who are saying they have lost their life savings should talk to those who were left behind.

“It wasn’t me. I don’t have it [their money]. I never took it from them at all. That’s all I’m prepared to say,” he said.

The Witness asked Paul Ramaloko of the Hawks why Hale had not yet been arrested on the allegations against him.

Ramaloko said that processes were in place and that the police knew where he was.

“He remains a priority to us. Processes are under way for his extradition. We are confident he will come back and answer questions. Look at the cases of George Luca [alleged to have killed strip-club owner Lolly Jackson] and Shrien Dewani [accused of killing his wife, Anni]. They are suspects in cases and went abroad. We have co-operation with international police. We know where they are. The Department of Justice, the Hawks and others are working on this.”

When asked when Hale would be arrested, Ramaloko said it was hard to put a time frame on it. “We can’t just go and pick him up. We have to be guided by processes. We can’t put a deadline on it.”

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