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Expectant father loses extradition fight over Spanish drugs haul claim

PUBLISHED: 17:05 28 July 2010 | UPDATED: 11:49 23 August 2010

A plasterer facing extradition to Spain as his wife awaits the birth of their baby has failed in his legal bid to halt his removal to stand trial. Simon Street, 30, of Dover Street, Northfleet, was hit with a European arrest warrant in July last year, s

A plasterer facing extradition to Spain as his wife awaits the birth of their baby has failed in his legal bid to halt his removal to stand trial.

Simon Street, 30, of Dover Street, Northfleet, was hit with a "European arrest warrant" in July last year, seeking his extradition to Spain to face trial for alleged involvement in a 2,290-kilo cannabis racket.

Flanked by his lawyers outside London's High Court, he said the news that he was wanted in Spain came like a hammer blow out-of-the-blue, since he had no knowledge of the criminal conduct alleged against him.

Mr Justice Nicol, sitting in London's High Court with Lord Justice Stanley Burnton, said Spanish prosecutors accuse Mr Street of acting as a "guardian" of 690 kilos of cannabis which a police raid uncovered in a warehouse in Murcia, south east Spain.

They further claim he was linked to another shipment of 1,600 kilos of the drug, Crown Prosecution Service barrister, Alison Wilkes, said outside court today.

At the hearing on Wednesday July 21 he insisted that he was on holiday with his family in Spain at the time of the police raid, and had no inkling of the suspicions now hanging over him until the warrant landed at his door.

He said: "I didn't know anything about the accusations", after the High Court dismissed his appeal against Westminster Magistrates Court's decision in April.

The father-of-one's wife is also expecting another child in just four weeks and it is thought he could be extradited within days,

Mr Street was challenging the Magistrates Court's decision to approve his extradition with claims that the warrant was too ambiguous, and therefore invalid.

His barrister Corinne Bramwell argued the warrant failed to adequately specify the reason for his extradition, but Mr Justice Nicol rejected the claims.

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