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PTA high court to hear application in 'US romance scam’

Seven Nigerians allegedly operated online romance scams & defrauded dozens of US citizens between 2001 & 2013.

FILE. Seven Nigerians allegedly operated online romance scams & defrauded dozens of US citizens between 2001 & 2013. Picture: SAPS

PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria will today hear an application by seven Nigerians linked to a multimillion rand scam.

The men are trying to challenge their extradition to the United States.

The men were part of a group of 10 people arrested last year in a joint operation between the Hawks and US Homeland Security.

Eyewitness News understands two of them were extradited last week and are in police custody in Mississippi.

The urgent application was lodged last week, interdicting the police and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) from extraditing any more of the accused.

The accused allegedly operated online romance scams and defrauded dozens of American citizens between 2001 and 2013.

The High Court in Pretoria ordered the immediate return of the two men who have already been sent to the US to face trial.

The group were awaiting extradition pending a decision by Justice Minister Michael Masutha when their new legal representative lodged an appeal of an earlier ruling.

The attorney for the men has made several allegations of misconduct against the police and the NPA but Eyewitness News is still waiting for the police to respond to questions.

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