Alex Constantine - April 23, 2008
Extradition hearing for Williams
April 23, 2008
THE father of Hollywood actor Michelle Williams and an accused Nazi war criminal living in Perth will face extradition hearings after their joint High Court bid to block legal moves against them failed.
Larry Williams, whose daughter was once engaged to the late Australian actor Heath Ledger, is wanted in the US on tax fraud charges.
He joined with Charles Zentai, an elderly Hungarian man wanted in Hungary for alleged Nazi war crimes, to mount a constitutional challenge against the power of magistrates to rule on extradition matters.
But the High Court today dismissed their appeal.
"Commonwealth laws conferring jurisdiction on state magistrates in relation to extradition applications were valid," the High Court of Australia said.