KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday November 30, 2016 – An HIV-positive Jamaican man has lost a legal battle to prevent his extradition to Canada to face numerous sex crimes.
George Flowers failed in his bid when the Court of Appeal struck out his notice of appeal recently.
Flowers, who is wanted by the Canadian government, is being extradited to face 12 counts of aggravated sexual assault.
He has been accused of engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse with four women, knowing that he was HIV-positive and without informing them of his HIV-positive status. Three them subsequently contracted HIV.
According to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Jamaica, on March 21, 2013, the Government of Canada asked the Jamaican Government to extradite Flowers, who had fled to the island.
“The then Minister of Justice Mark Golding, on June 3, 2013, issued the authority to proceed in respect of three counts. The Government of Canada subsequently submitted a supplemental extradition request for a single count of aggravated sexual assault against George Flowers, to which the minister issued authority to proceed on September 9, 2013,” it said, adding that an extradition warrant was then issued for Flowers’ arrest.
An October 2012 story on the Globe and Mail website reported Toronto police as saying that Flowers worked in the entertainment business and met the women in bars and other venues.
In its release, the Office of the DPP said Flowers was arrested and committal proceedings were conducted before a magistrate who, on August 22, 2015 ordered that Flowers be committed to custody pending his extradition to Canada.
But Flowers challenged the order of committal by applying for his release by way of a habeas corpus application, which was heard by the Full Court of the Supreme Court on January 11 and 12, 2016.
However, on July 22, 2016 Flowers filed a notice of appeal. But the DPP filed an application to strike out the notice of appeal and was supported by the Attorney General’s Chambers.
“On November 16, 2016 the Court of Appeal upheld the DPP’s application and struck out George Flowers’ notice of appeal, paving the way for him to be extradited to Canada,” the DPP’s statement said.