[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 October 2005, 21:28 GMT 22:28 UK
Man's extradition raised with PM
John Packwood
John Packwood has always maintained his innocence
The case of an Isle of Wight yachtsman who has been extradited to Morocco to face charges linked to drug smuggling has been raised with Tony Blair.

John Packwood had been in prison in Spain since his arrest in October 2004.

Moroccan authorities want to question him about the discovery of six tonnes of cocaine on a boat in 1997.

He says he is innocent, having helped deliver the vessel 10 weeks earlier. His MP, Andrew Turner said Mr Packwood was unable to consult a British lawyer.

The Isle of Wight Tory MP expressed his concerns over his constituent's situation during Prime Minister's Question Time in The House of Commons on Wednesday.

New crew

However, Tony Blair said he was "unsure of the rules governing access to British lawyers and he wished Mr Turner had given him prior notice of his question".

The case of Mr Packwood, 42, has been backed by a number of MPs and the organisation Fair Trials Abroad.

He was a member of a crew that took the boat to Morocco from Southampton.

The cocaine was discovered weeks later when the vessel was under the control of a new crew.

Mr Packwood was held in Malaga under an international arrest warrant issued by the Moroccan authorities.

They are also seeking the extradition of the other crew members.




SEE ALSO:
UK sailor extradited to Morocco
27 Sep 05 |  Hampshire
Court hearing for drug charge man
31 Mar 05 |  Hampshire
Hope for Spanish drug charge man
03 Mar 05 |  Hampshire
Sailor's Spanish jail nightmare
26 Nov 04 |  Hampshire


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific