British fraudster freed pending police probe

17th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

BORDEAUX, France, Nov 16, 2006 (AFP) - A Briton convicted of fraud in his home country and suspected of scams in France netting around EUR two million was freed here Thursday pending an investigation of allegations against him.

BORDEAUX, France, Nov 16, 2006 (AFP) - A Briton convicted of fraud in his home country and suspected of scams in France netting around EUR two million was freed here Thursday pending an investigation of allegations against him.

A Bordeaux judge ruled that authorities could not continue to detain Graham Templeton because he had a clean criminal record in France.

Prosecutors had argued that Templeton, who spent 14 months behind bars in Britain for fraud, should continue to be held under a law allowing judges to take into account convictions in other EU states.

But the French court ruled that law applied only to prison sentencing, not pre-trial detention.

Templeton was extradited from Britain, where he was arrested in May, after fleeing the charges made against him in France.

French police opened the investigation against him in June 2005 after five Britons, two Americans and two French people, all residing in the southwest Dordogne region of France, lodged complaints saying he had cheated them out of tens of thousands of euros by posing as a financial adviser and offering bogus investments.

The Bordeaux judge said that although Templeton was to be released, he had to turn over his passport and was forbidden from leaving France until the investigation was completed.

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