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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 May, 2005, 18:23 GMT 19:23 UK
US refuses arrest blunder damages
Derek Bond
Derek Bond was arrested in South Africa after an FBI mix-up
A Bristol pensioner who was arrested at gunpoint after the FBI put him on their "most-wanted" list has been told he will not receive any compensation.

Derek Bond, 74, says the FBI admitted its mistake but will now only pay for his legal expenses.

He was held at Durban police station in South Africa for nearly three weeks after being arrested at gunpoint while on holiday in February 2003.

FBI agents had detained Mr Bond believing him to be someone else.

Mr Bond's solicitor, Andrew Gregg, said Mr Bond had been treated absolutely appallingly.

'Dreadful mistake'

He said: "The Americans reneged on the understanding reached when he was repatriated in March 2003.

"We had profuse apologies and people coming down from the American Embassy saying he would receive compensation and saying we are all terribly sorry we've made a dreadful mistake.

"They changed their minds because of a decision of the Supreme Court in 2005 which basically said that where people were arrested or treated wrongly outside the United States of America they weren't entitled to any compensation at all.

"In short, they have sheltered behind that decision and ratted on the original agreement," Mr Gregg said.

An FBI spokesman said it could not comment on the case as the whole matter was dealt with by the American Embassy.

Rotarian Mr Bond received a personal apology from South African President Thabo Mbeki after he was arrested while on a wine tasting trip.

The Americans had claimed the Bristol grandfather and Rotarian was on their ten "most-wanted" list but eventually conceded he was not the man they had been seeking.

A man believed to be the real Derek Sykes, also known as Derek Bond, was later arrested in Las Vegas and officials said it was a case of identity theft.

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