Australian To Face Sex Charges In India
A SYDNEY man accused of buying underage boys for sex from a
Third World orphanage has been quietly extradited to
India by the Federal Government to face
charges over his role in an international pedophile ring.
After more than a decade on the run,
Wulf Ingo Werner was handed into police custody
in New Dehli earlier this month without
fanfare when Justice Minister Chris
Ellison approved the unprecedented extradition order.
The 54-year-old allegedly procured boys from an orphanage
in the seaside city of Goa, run by
notorious pedophile Freddy Peats, during three
trips in 1987, 1988 and 1989.
Peats, who died in an Indian prison in April, aged 81, was jailed for
life in 1996 as the mastermind of a
child prostitution racket.
Indian authorities are still hunting German, French and Thai nationals
who were allegedly involved in the ring, selling orphans to
Another man, 65-year-old Eoghan Colm McBride, of New Zealand,
was convicted in 2002.
Werner's extradition comes as another Australian accused
of child-sex crimes overseas, Clint Rex Betterridge, is being
held in a Queensland jail awaiting extradition to Cambodia.
Betterridge was convicted in absentia by a Cambodian
court in January 2003 of the rape of a 14-year-old girl
and the sexual assault of three other teenagers.
Werner, who is believed to have lived in the northern
beaches suburb of Fairlight, was charged in 1995 and
has been sought by Indian authorities ever since.
Werner rented a two-bedroom flat above that of Max
Brady until he "disappeared" in 1997.
"He left all his clothes, washing, plates and food," Mr Brady said.
The next Mr Brady heard of Werner was when the accused pedophile's solicitors
wrote, asking for $50,000.
The money was for a "full and final settlement" for paintings by "famous Australian artists",
which Werner had supposedly left in the flat.
Mr Brady had the paintings, which were signed
by Werner, appraised. They were worthless.
Indian authorities formally applied for Werner's
extradition on February 9 this year.
He appeared before a NSW magistrate on March 23,
and is understood to have consented to extradition.
On August 4, authorities escorted him to India where he was
met by police in New Delhi. He was remanded in custody and is
expected to reappear at a South Goa court next week.
Australian anti-child-sex tourism campaigner Bernadette McMenamin said
the extradition of an Australian to a Third World country to
face child-sex charges was unprecedented.
"I cannot think of any other case when an Australian
has been extradited to face charges in a
Third World country," Ms McMenamin said.
"This will send a clear message that men who
travel to Third World countries to
have sex with minors will be prosecuted."
Ms McMenamin said Australian authorities
needed to work more closely with their
overseas counterparts to ensure
child-sex tourists were prosecuted.
"There has always been a propensity for
these people to believe they won't be charged
in these countries, and if they are, then they won't
be sent back to face prosecution," she said.
The Australian (18-8-2005)