Extradition for grandfather of Heath Ledger’s daughter, Matilda

28 October, 2008

LARRY Williams, the grandfather of late actor Heath Ledger’s daughter, Matilda,  has lost his bid to return to the US before an extradition hearing in Australia.

But there was a “big difference” between going there voluntarily and “consenting to surrender”, thus returning as an extradited person.

If he surrendered, he may languish in an Australian jail until US marshals arranged to take him back.

In asking for his bail to be varied so he could travel to the US, Mr Watson said “the Americans are happy for him to come back this way”.

But Ms O’Shane agreed with submissions made on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions that she did not have the power to allow an applicant “to travel beyond the reach of this jurisdiction”.

Preliminary arguments relating to the extradition hearing will be heard in the same court on December 4.  The father of actress Michelle Williams is wanted in the US for allegedly evading $1.9 million in taxes between 1999 and 2001.

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