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Wednesday, 5 August, 1998, 08:03 GMT 09:03 UK
Shayler's lawyer travels to France
David Shayler
David Shayler is awaiting extradition in a French jail
The lawyer acting for renegade former MI5 officer David Shayler is setting off for Paris at the start of a legal battle to prevent his extradition.

The former intelligence officer is facing charges under the Official Secrets Act in the UK.

John Wadham, director of civil rights group Liberty, is hoping to meet him in the French jail were he has been held since his arrest at the weekend.

John Wadham
Lawyer John Wadham is director of Liberty
Mr Wadham needs permission from the French judge in charge of the case before visiting his client.

He also plans to meet Mr Shayler's partner, Annie Machon, and the French lawyers dealing with the case.

Mr Wadham said he intended to ensure that Mr Shayler's defence team would have the best possible strategy for fighting the "unjust" extradition.

It is likely to be several months before Mr Shayler finds out if he will be sent to the UK to stand trial for allegedly revealing details about his former employers, MI5.

The ex-MI5 man was arrested amid reports that he was planning to publish information about the intelligence organisation on the internet.

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