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A former Catholic brother wanted in Australia on more than 250 child sex charges was reported to have fled New Zealand for Sri Lanka before his extradition could be secured.

Bernard McGrath is facing 252 child sex charges in Australia relating to his time in church-run institutions in the 1970s and 1980s and was due to be extradited from New Zealand earlier this year.

But McGrath's brother Clem told Australia's Fairfax newspapers he had flown out of Christchurch several months ago after being contacted by a friend who said: "Why don't you come to Sri Lanka? You've got nothing here."

According to Fairfax, McGrath was now living on a tea plantation in the Sri Lankan highlands.

He was paroled in New Zealand in 2008 after serving jail time for child sex offences at a Christchurch school in the 1970s -- his second stint in prison for such crimes.

Australian police told AFP they would "not comment in relation to this investigation as speculation may jeopardise current lines of inquiry" and refused to confirm "who we are or are not investigating".

New Zealand police said they were also unable to comment.

Australia's Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare, who is responsible for extraditions, did not immediately respond to questions on the case.

Australia this month announced it would hold a sweeping royal commission into claims of child sex abuse within religious organisations, not-for-profit bodies, state agencies and schools -- an inquiry expected to take years.
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  • Thambi Monday, 26 November 2012 01:29 PM

    He is safe haven

    MagodisThuma Monday, 26 November 2012 04:50 PM

    His God is blind...no problem this is the paradise for pedophiles !

    janaka Tuesday, 27 November 2012 08:48 AM

    a pervert of Irish decent will be well covered by our own perverts in saffron robes?

    xlntgson Tuesday, 27 November 2012 04:09 AM

    Innocence of Christians.

    kane Monday, 26 November 2012 05:59 PM

    Touch your heart and say Faisal! How pure are you? those type of persons are there in all the religious institutions. But only the few cases come out.

    justinian Tuesday, 27 November 2012 04:12 AM

    come sri-lanka paradise.

    Die Agent Monday, 26 November 2012 11:05 AM

    Come here priest, this is sri lanka and we know what part of yours to be removed free of cost, a free gift from Sri Lanka

    Faisal Monday, 26 November 2012 11:29 AM

    Shameful. Wonder what is happening in our own church-run institutions in the island.


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