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Fugitive Lib Dem Donor Brown Extradited To UK
Fugitive multimillionaire fraudster and Liberal Democrat donor Michael Brown is being extradited to the UK from the Dominican Republic.
Authorities in the Caribbean state said Brown was being flown to Spain where he was due to be turned over to the British authorities.
He has been detained in the tourist town of Punta Cana since January after living on the island under the name of Darren Nally.
Brown, who fled the UK to the Caribbean in 2008 after being convicted of fraud at Southwark Crown Court, was sentenced in his absence to seven years in jail.
He donated around £2.4m to the Lib Dems ahead of the 2005 general election - its largest donation to date.
The fraudster swindled more than £36m from people around the world by claiming to be anything from an international bond dealer to the son of a lord with royal connections.
Among his victims was former Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards, who lost nearly £8m to the conman.
Brown's conviction prompted calls for the Lib Dems to give back the money he had donated to their election campaign - but the party refused.
Dominican police said Brown was also charged with defrauding people in Punta Cana, but the alleged victims dropped their complaints so he could be extradited.
An Electoral Commission inquiry in 2009 found the Lib Dems accepted the fraudster's donation in good faith and cleared the party of all wrongdoing.
what do you think?
This says a lot about the about the third cheek of the three cheeked buttocks, the Lib Dems.
Lib Dems happy to live off the proceeds of crime. If I was to Buy a knicked Telly, I would be done for receiving stolen goods - different rules for the rich
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What ever excuse could the lowley libdems have made to hold on to the proceeds of crime?
Yep, try as I am doing, I cannot imagine people with strong political opinions being criminals. maybe in some countries but not here.
So much for the principles of the Liberal Democrats..........They have effectively benefitted from the proceeds of crime. I thought there were laws against that.........can the courts not seize some of their assetts??.
what rubbish - in law if you received something in good faith youve done nothing wrong BUT as soon as you find out its dishonest you commit the offence of assisting in the retention realisation or disposal of stolen property. Come on lib dems give the money back to the swindled victims and show yourselves and british politics in a good light for a change
Just had another thought -- if they were guilty of receiving stolen goods all their other assets would be open to seizure and the onus would be on them to prove everything else came from provably honest sources -now THAT WOULD BE INTERESTING