Judge places extradition couple in custody

A judge has ruled that a retired British couple will remain behind bars until they are extradited to the United States to prevent them from trying to harm themselves in a bid to stall the process.

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Dunham's overdose was a 'cry for help' it is claimed

The decision take couple Paul and Sandra Dunham into custody came after their MP, Conservative Treasury minister Andrea Leadsom, informed them on Wednesday night that Home Secretary Theresa May, who previously approved their extradition, had pulled out of a planned meeting to discuss their case.

There is simply no other conclusion that I can reach on the face of it than at the very least it was to delay or prevent the (extradition) process from taking place.

In 14 days or thereabouts a decision will be taken that extradition is imminent and at that stage, despite the protestations that they won't, there is a real risk they will take steps to harm themselves.

– Judge Riddle

The judge said that after a lengthy legal battle and finding all remaining avenues to avoiding extradition blocked, the Dunhams had taken enough drugs to do themselves real harm, despite Mrs Dunham later telling a nurse at Northampton General Hospital that it had been a "cry for help".

The couple lost a High Court battle last month against extradition to Maryland to stand trial over fraud charges relating to Mr Dunham's company, Pace.

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