A British man wanted in relation to the murder of two people in Singapore in
2002 was extradited late yesterday from Australia to Singapore, the Minister
for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison, announced today.
Michael McCrea is wanted by the Singapore Government to face prosecution on
two counts of murder and one count of criminal intimidation.
Senator Ellison decided that, under the Extradition Act, Mr McCrea should be
surrendered to Singapore.
Senator Ellison said that Australia’s extradition legislation does not allow
a person to be extradited for an offence which attracts the death penalty
unless the requesting country gives an undertaking that the death penalty
will not be carried out.
"As Singapore’s law applies the death penalty for the offence of murder,
Singapore gave an undertaking to the Australian Government that the death
penalty will not be carried out if Mr McCrea is convicted of the offences of
murder," Senator Ellison said.
"Mr McCrea sought judicial review of my decision on the basis that I could
not rely on Singapore’s death penalty undertaking.
"His argument was rejected by the Full Federal Court which upheld my
decision that Mr McCrea be extradited," Senator Ellison said.
Mr McCrea’s application to appeal to the High Court was also refused. He
was extradited to Singapore on Tuesday 27 September 2005.
Senator Ellison said Mr McCrea’s extradition highlighted the strong and ongoing law enforcement cooperation Australia enjoys with Singapore.