01 November 2006

If you want to extradite a criminal from New Zealand . . .

. . . make sure you buy the officers and him a ticket on a flight with no lay-overs:
In an embarrassing episode for the police, Rafal Luczynski, 32, slipped away from two detectives while being deported to Poland.

The drug lord, who is believed to have connections to the Polish mafia, was reported missing in Heathrow's Terminal One early on the morning of October 12. He had served 3½ years in a New Zealand prison for importing amphetamine.

Police spokesman Michael Player said Luczynski was out of the jurisdiction of New Zealand authorities.

New Zealand police were responsible for deporting the escape artist, who previously slipped his shackles in 2001 when he fled New Zealand while on home detention, but not for ensuring he arrived in Poland.

"He's no longer wanted by New Zealand police at all," Mr Player said.

"It's just unfortunate that he exited ahead of his destination, but really he's now a UK responsibility."

1 comment:

markm said...

I very much doubt there's such a thing as a New Zealand to Poland flight without layovers. For sure, there aren't non-stop flights; no civilian aircraft has the range. New Zealand to London would have been a flight with several stops, and likely a plane change or two. San Francisco to Seoul ought to be within range for a 747, but I've had to change planes in Tokyo even for that. (And for that matter, a "through flight" Minneapolis-LA ticket my employer bought for me recently wasn't a through flight; I had to change planes in Denver, and on the return the flight out of LA was delayed and I missed my connection in Denver...)

In this case, it sounds like the "escapee" wasn't being extradited, he was a an ex-convict being deported. Wouldn't that mean that his escorts had no authority over him once the first stop was reached? (Of course, under circumstances the intermediate jurisdictions were unlikely to pass him through immigration and would have had an interest in seeing that he got on a flight out.)