'Fat' Freddie wants Spain extradition straight away
Published 20/10/2011 | 05:00
A DUBLIN man has voluntarily agreed to surrender himself to Spanish authorities who are seeking his extradition on weapons and drug-trafficking charges.
'Fat' Freddie Thompson appeared before the High Court yesterday where he said he was consenting to the extradition "straight away".
The 30-year-old waived a 10-day delay on the extradition with his lawyer saying Mr Thompson was "anxious" to be surrendered to the Spanish authorities and did not want to "hold the process up".
Mr Thompson was remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison until the arrangements for his transfer to Spain are made. It is expected he will be extradited in the next few days.
The court had previously heard the Spanish authorities were seeking his extradition on the grounds that Mr Thompson was a member of a criminal organisation whose members include Irish, British and Spanish nationals.
The European Arrest Warrant issued for Mr Thompson, who moved to Spain in 2008, also claims he is a member of an organisation which, through a complex network of companies, has laundered the proceeds of illegal drugs and weapons trafficking.
It is claimed that Mr Thompson's role was to secure weapons for the organisation. It is also alleged that he has acted as a bodyguard and a chauffeur for the gang, which is based on Spain's Costa Del Sol.
Mr Justice John Edwards said he was not going to grant a request that the State pay for Mr Thompson's legal costs.
Mr Thompson, with an address at Loreto Road, Maryland, Dublin 8, told the court that he had received professional legal advice and understood the consequences of his decision to voluntarily surrender to the Spanish authorities.