Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 6: The government of Namibia has granted the Odisha government’s request for extradition of French “pedophile” Mathieu Nicolas Furic, wanted in connection with a case against him in Puri.
Furic, a French national, was arrested on June 23 by the Interpol in the Namibian capital of Windhoek at Walvis Bay airport in Namibia while travelling from South Africa to Namibia and was denied bail by the Windhoek magistrate court.
“A Namibian court has permitted Furic’s extradition. Two police officers from the Sea Beach police station in Puri will go to Namibia to bring him to Odisha,” said an officer of the Home department.
Furic turned an absconder after he was booked for allegedly indulging in unnatural sex with children on November 26 last year at a desolate spot near Penthakata along the sea beach in the temple town of Puri.
James Federic Gorman, a US national from Topeka city in Kansas State, had lodged a complaint with the Sea Beach police station here on December 2, 2013 accusing Furic (48) of indulging in unnatural sex with some children from a slum in Sri Vihar area of Penthakatha in Puri on November 26.
Gorman had also said in his complaint that he was assaulted by Furic when he opposed his depraved activities. The police had lodged a case after Gorman produced a video clip, containing his conversation with the victims, in front of the police as evidence against Furic.
After receiving the complaint, police raided the hotel where Furic had stayed, but he had left on November 26. Gorman had also brought the matter to the attention of the then Puri SP Anup Sahoo.
Later, the IIC of the Sea beach police station Pravash Chandra Sahoo launched an investigation into the matter and while the Odisha police kept a watch at the Bhubaneswar airport to nab Furic, he managed to fly to Doha by a Qatar Airlines flight from Delhi on December 2, 2013.
Furic was booked under Sections of 18 and 12 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC.
Left with no option, the police was forced to issue a look-out notice on December 4 and sought help of the CBI and Interpol in the case.
After Furic was nabbed in Namibia on June 23, Interpol had sought all papers against Furic from the Odisha government’s Home department.
As per the procedure, the matter was placed in the foreign court, which granted permission after going through the FIR, related documents and evidences, furnished by Puri police.