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Aristocrat to be extradited to US
Giles Carlyle-Clarke
Mr Carlyle-Clarke denies all the charges against him
An aristocrat who lost an appeal against extradition to the US on drugs smuggling charges is due to be flown out on Wednesday to face trial.

Giles Carlyle-Clarke, 48, could get a long prison sentence if he is found to have been involved in a 60m deal to import drugs into the US in the 1980s.

The father-of-two, whose family owns the Winterborne Clenston estate in Dorset, denies the charges.

He has fought a legal battle against extradition for more than eight years.

No criminal record

The European Court of Human Rights rejected Mr Carlyle-Clarke's case two weeks ago and he had previously lost a legal challenge in the High Court.

He is accused of bringing a ship loaded with four tonnes of cannabis into Alabama from the Caribbean two decades ago.

Mr Carlyle-Clarke was arrested in December 1997 and has been fighting extradition ever since. He will now stand trial in Mobile, Alabama.

His solicitor said he did not know when the case would take place or whether Mr Carlyle-Clarke, who has no criminal record, would be granted bail.


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