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25 January 2010 :: 10:01:48 am 10210

Australian Extradition Bid Over $1 Million Ring Theft

On Monday an Australian national who has been accused of stealing a $1 million ring from a Melbourne jeweler in March 2009 will face court on extradition charges following his arrest in Pattaya last October.
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Bangkok, the 25th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: George Georgiou [30] from Northcote, Victoria in Australia, he was arrested in the seaside resort of Pattaya, Thailand following a joint operation between Australian Federal Police and Thai authorities. Investigations revealed that Georgiou had fled to Thailand after having stolen various items of jewelry from the Hardy Brothers Jewelers in Collins Street, Melbourne.

Australian Police wish to have Mr. Georgiou extradited back to Melbourne so that they can prosecute him on a variety of theft and damage related charges, namely the theft of a $1 million dollar, 8 carat, handcrafted diamond ring, described as being “made by God.”

Mr. Georgiou has maintained that his is innocent and is not rejecting the Australian governments’ pleas for extradition, as he wishes to return to Melbourne in order to fight the charges leveled against him. Australian Federal Police have already briefly question Mr. Georgiou over the incident in which he stated; “I am just a suspect. They are taking me back. I’ve done nothing.”

Mr. Georgiou has previously served 10 months in prison for a burglary offence in 2004 and has lived in Thailand since March of 2009, the month of the jewelry robbery in Melbourne. Following today’s hearing the magistrate is expected to hand down a verdict within the next two weeks.

Related News;

 Fugitive Australian Thief Of Aus$1 Million Ring Arrested In Pattaya

Pattaya, October 28, 2009, [Pattaya Daily News]. Bangkok Immigration Police arrested an Australian fugitive early on the morning of October 26 in Pattaya. The man is accused of having staged a daring smash-and-grab from a Melbourne jewellery store in which he stole several items of jewellery, including a diamond ring worth almost Aus$ 1 million. The man initially denied the charge, but later confessed. He is likely be extradited to Australia to face charges after a preliminary trial in Bangkok.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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