Malta to extradite UK man on 38 child sex abuse charges

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VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Maltese police says a Briton sought by British police for sexual abuse of children in North Wales orphanages has been arrested on the Maltese island of Gozo.

Maltese courts ruled later Wednesday that Bryan Davies, 70, will be extradited to Britain to face charges of sodomy, indecent assault, taking indecent photos of children and inciting children to take part in sexual activities. Police said the European arrest warrant involves 38 alleged offenses, most of them in 1975-1978, but some other cases occurring between 2007 and 2013.

Authorities said Davies, who lived as a retiree in Munxar, a village on Gozo, waived his right to appeal and agreed to the extradition. His defense lawyer specified that this isn't an admission of guilt.

Davies' extradition is expected within 10 days.

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