Move is on to extradite Hale

2013-11-20 00:00

POLICE yesterday confirmed that processes were under way to extradite fraud suspect Mike Hale, who The Witness has traced to Cornwall in the United Kingdom.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko yesterday said that he was unable to reveal details of the processes or what direction the investigation had taken.

“We can’t say what we have done, but a lot of work has been done prior to this. We want to have him here so he can face the might of the law.”

He said Hale’s details had been circulated to Interpol and on the South African Home Affairs’ Movement Control System, which tracks the movement of travellers, but he had not been red-flagged.

The Witness yesterday wrote that wanted insurance salesman Hale had been tracked to schools in Cornwall, where he has been working as a relief teacher.

The administrator on the Help Me Find Mike Hale Facebook page, Kim Coetzer, said there was still interest in the matter. She said she had been contacted by four youngsters last week — three boys and one girl — who asked to join the page. She was puzzled by why children would want to join the page, she said, but having read the story in The Witness yesterday, their requests now made sense.

Cornwall police spokesperson Joe Head said yesterday that he was not aware of any progress with the case and said no approach had been made via the Cornwall and Devon police.

Comments on the Find Mike Hale Facebook site, set up by people affected by and interested in Hale, were not complimentary of police work on the matter yesterday.

One said: “So, now we know where he is, we now need the SAPS commercial crimes unit to … let Interpol know we want him back to face the music.”

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