Eggheads Star CJ De Mooi Extradition Dropped By Dutch Authorities

Once the warrant was translated into English, errors began to emerge.

The extradition of Eggheads star CJ De Mooi has been abandoned by Dutch authorities.

Authorities made embarrassingly basic errors made on the arrest warrant which was issued for De Mooi, who real name is Joseph Connagh, according to the Evening Standard.

The European arrest warrant should apparently never have been issued in the absence of a domestic warrant in the Netherlands,The Sun reported.

CJ De Mooi was arrested at Heathrow Airport
CJ De Mooi was arrested at Heathrow Airport
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The error was picked up when the warrant was translated into English, the Standard reported.

On Monday it was discharged by District Judge Khalid Qureshi.

According to the Metro, Prosecutor Rachael Scott said that police in the UK are still interested in talking to De Mooi and that he said he would cooperate with this.

He was held in custody overnight before telling Westminster Magistrate’s Court that he planned to fight extradition plans.

In his autobiography, the 46-year-old said he punched a man who approached him with a knife and then threw him into a canal in Amsterdam in 1988.

He wrote in his autobiography: “He caught me on the wrong day and I just snapped.”

He added: “I fully suspect I killed him. I’ve no idea what happened to him.”


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