Dutch authorities abandon bid to extradite ex-Eggheads panellist CJ de Mooi

CJ de Mooi.

Dutch officials have admitted making embarrassing errors after TV star CJ de Mooi was arrested at Heathrow airport in September on a European arrest warrant.

The order was dismissed on Monday October 24 after a judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court called it a “dodgy case”.

The warrant was originally issued over allegations of murder, manslaughter and assault dating back 20 years ago.

De Mooi claimed in his 2015 autobiography that he might have killed a homeless man in Amsterdam by punching him and throwing him into the city’s canals in self-defence after an attempted robbery.

Dutch authorities originally thought de Mooi could have been connected to any one of a number of unsolved murder cases in the capital in 1998 but couldn’t procure a name for the victim, date of birth or address where the alleged killing took place.

The 46-year-old has cooperated with British and Dutch authorities throughout the case and has said that he will continue doing so even though he isn’t going to be formally charged for any crime.

 

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