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SA extradites Catholic priest to Germany

The priest will face charges relating to sexual abuse.

The priest will face charges relating to sexual abuse. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Police say the extradition of a German Catholic priest to face charges relating to sexual abuse is the culmination of a process that began last year.

The 56-year-old priest was handed over to German police officers last night having spent seven years living in South Africa.

He has been in custody since being arrested in September but the local charges have been withdrawn to pave the way for the extradition which will see him face almost 40 charges back home.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says Interpol officers escorted the priest.

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