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No extradition for NZ yachtie father

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/01/2017


A New Zealand father charged with illegally taking his daughter to Australia on a catamaran won't be formally extradited back home.

Alan Langdon, 49, was charged by New Zealand authorities on Sunday after leaving the country with his six-year-old daughter Que in December.

He showed up in Ulladulla on the New South Wales south coast last week, nearly a month after they were last seen leaving Kawhia Harbour.

A police spokesman confirmed to NZ Newswire on Monday that there are "no extradition proceedings happening" for Mr Langdon to return to New Zealand, where he is scheduled to face Te Awamutu District Court on January 25.

He is expected to return on his own volition, though the spokeswoman wouldn't confirm whether or not police expect him to co-operate with authorities and return.

A man hired to find missing 6-year-old Que Langdon believes her father might be trying to sail her to Australia, or is hiding in coastal NZ © Facebook A man hired to find missing 6-year-old Que Langdon believes her father might be trying to sail her to Australia, or is hiding in coastal NZ

Mr Langdon was in a custody dispute with his former wife, Que's mother Ariane Wyler, when they disappeared, prompting widespread searches of the New Zealand coast and sea areas.

Private investigator Col Chapman told Radio New Zealand on Sunday Ms Ariane Wyler had arrived in Australia from Switzerland, where she has been since early last month, and Que was now in her care.

Mr Langdon told local newspaper the Milton and Ulladulla Times that he and Que were looking forward to much needed rest after the trip, for most of which they were left with just one rudder after the other broke.

It's believed Mr Langdon and Que had been in Australia for about two days before authorities were notified by a member of the public who had seen posters.

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