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Kevin Spacey, who is accused of sexual assault in the United States, is being pursued for extradition by British authorities. The UK would seek the actor’s formal extradition unless he agreed to return willingly, according to an official familiar with the process.
Police and prosecutors will be represented by the International Criminality Directorate, a special Home Office body. According to extradition experts, US cops may be dispatched to discover and jail Spacey, 62, on behalf of British authorities.
Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Thursday that it has authorized four sexual assault charges against Spacey relating to alleged incidents against three boys between 2005 and 2013.
It could take months to pursue official extradition. Former CPS extradition chief Nick Vamos claimed the US Department of Justice will review paperwork delivered from the UK. They’d have to be convinced that the offenses were done due to “probable cause.” If that’s the case, cops will be dispatched to find and apprehend Spacey.
Vamos stated, “They will be obligated to arrest him.” “US marshals will be tasked by the US Department of Justice to locate Mr Spacey and bring him before a federal court.” He might have always surrendered instead of fighting extradition.”
Spacey could be extradited in weeks if he does not contest extradition, and months if he does. Vamos, who now practices in private, believes Spacey could be extradited in weeks if he does not contest extradition. He claimed that in the United States, resisting an extradition request was more difficult than in the United Kingdom.
He also stated that if Spacey was legally extradited, he would be afforded more rights than if he voluntarily returned to the UK. In the United Kingdom, for example, only charges agreed upon by a US court may be used against him.
According to Vamos, Spacey’s return would not necessarily imply that he would have to stay in town for the months or years it may take for the case to reach court. He could be allowed to work in the United States if a British court believes the pledges he made about returning to face justice.
“He could get a bail package that allows him to return to the US if he returns to the UK,” Vamos added.
Spacey will not be prosecuted formally until he returns to the United Kingdom, but British police have stated that the accusations stem from alleged attacks on three guys in London and Gloucestershire.
Two incidents are said to have occurred in March 2005, one involving a man now in his 40s and the other in August 2008, both involving a male now in his 30s. Spacey is also accused of forcing the latter to participate in unwanted sexual activities. All of the claimed attacks took occurred in the capital city of the United Kingdom. In Gloucestershire in April 2013, the actor is also accused of sexually assaulting a man in his 30s.