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Canadian sex offender arrested in Gurgaon

world Updated: Apr 07, 2007 03:01 IST
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The Delhi Police on Friday arrested a 63-year-old Canadian man wanted in his country for 43 counts of “indecent assault” and “gross indecency”. All the complaints are men, according to court records.

The police swooped on Ernest Fenwick Macintosh in a house at DLF, Gurgaon, after a city court issued warrants against him.

“We have arrested him,” Anand Mohan, DCP New Delhi, said. Investigators told HT they recovered some “incriminating photographs and cellphone records” from his home.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau remanded Macintosh in police custody till Monday, and directed the police to inform the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Macintosh, a telecom engineer working for an MNC, has been living in India since 1994. He has been wanted in Canada since February 1996. In July 2005, the Canadian High Commission sent a request to the MEA for his extradition, mentioning the extradition treaty of 1987, and detailing the charges against Macintosh, all relating to offences allegedly committed between 1970 and 1975, and all attracting a minimum five years in prison under Canadian law. It also provided Macintosh’s phone numbers and a Vasant Vihar address.

On March 28, the MEA asked the court to look into the matter. Lau has asked the MEA to explain the delay in acting on Canada’s request.

Macintosh’s lawyer HS Phulke said: “My client lived in Canada till 1994 but was never informed about any case pending against him. And the photographs recovered by the Delhi Police from him are of students to whom he is giving financial aid,” Phulke said.