Eggheads star CJ de Mooi will not be extradited to the Netherlands as part of an ongoing manslaughter investigation.
The BBC quiz show personality, real name Joseph Connagh, 46, was arrested last month at London’s Heathrow airport on suspicion of manslaughter. The arrest followed claims that de Mooi detailed in his 2015 autobiography.
In his book last year, de Mooi confessed that he may have killed a mugger while he was living rough in Amsterdam in 1988. He described how he “snapped” and “knocked the knife out of [the mugger]’s hand and threw him in the canal”. He added: “I fully suspect I killed him. I’ve no idea what happened to him.”
BBC News reports that Dutch authorities have failed in an attempt to extradite de Mooi to the Netherlands and have now abandoned their bid to do so.
De Mooi’s manager has said in a statement: “CJ is obviously very pleased with the result of today’s hearing and will continue to co-operate with the Dutch authorities until this matter is finally concluded.”
“He would like to thank the tens of thousands of people who have contacted him via social media and in person, for their lovely words and support during this traumatic time for him.”
De Mooi appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 22 and was granted bail and ordered to not travel overseas, to sleep at his home address every night and to keep a charged mobile phone with him at all times.
Earlier this year, de Mooi was cleared of sexual assault claims and hit out at the BBC for “hanging him out to dry” over the allegations.