SA to extradite 'most wanted' UK fugitive

2014-08-11 15:58
Martin Evans (Picture: Sapa)

Martin Evans (Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Convicted British drug-trafficker and multiple fraudster Martin Evans is to be extradited and sent back home more than three years after he skipped custody and went on the run, a Johannesburg magistrate ruled on Monday.

The magistrate said the 52-year-old Evans, named one of Britain's "most wanted fugitives" in 2012 by police, would be kept in custody until the justice minister signed papers confirming the extradition order.

Evans was convicted in Britain in 2006 for conspiracy to supply cocaine and sentenced to 26 years in jail.

He escaped custody in 2011 while out on a five-day license.

The former Young Businessman of the Year for Wales swindled more than 100 investors, many newly retired pensioners, out of about R16m by promising huge returns from a spurious ostrich-breeding business.

Evans was nabbed this month by police at a Johannesburg housing complex in a joint operation with Interpol and British security agencies.


Read more on:    johannesburg  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.