Passport-fraud accused to be extradited
A MAN allegedly involved in advertising the sale of passports using the names of children who died in infancy can be extradited to Britain.
Micheal Fallon (50), also known as Micheal O Falluin, Carysfort Hall, Blackrock, Dublin, lost the final stage of a six-year battle to prevent his extradition on charges related to the passport fraud.
The three-judge Supreme Court yesterday dismissed his appeal against an October 2008 High Court order for his surrender under the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) Act 2003.
The court refused to make an immediate committal order, and adjourned the matter to the next law term to allow the documentary issues to be resolved. Mr Fallon remains on bail.
The British authorities had since 2003 sought the extradition of Mr Fallon to face a charge of conspiracy to defraud the UK passport agency by providing false passport applications in the late-1990s.
A first warrant was issued by the English courts in December 2003 and he was arrested under that in June 2004.
During proceedings here, the court heard UK police believed Mr Fallon and alleged co-conspirators had advertised passports for sale in the 'International Herald Tribune'.
According to police, the alleged scam was exposed by the 'Tonight with Trevor McDonald' show.
Dismissing the appeal, Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan ruled the bringing of the second EAW did not involve breaches of Mr Fallon's rights under the Constitution or European Convention on Human Rights.