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Ex-Eggheads star CJ de Mooi may sue over failed arrest warrant 'damage'

Published 17/11/2016

Former TV quiz show panellist CJ de Mooi may take action against the Dutch authorities after a failed attempt to extradite him over an alleged killing
Former TV quiz show panellist CJ de Mooi may take action against the Dutch authorities after a failed attempt to extradite him over an alleged killing

Former Eggheads star CJ De Mooi could take legal action after Dutch authorities withdrew an arrest warrant issued over an alleged killing, his spokesman has said.

The 46-year-old, whose real name is Joseph Connagh, hopes to repair the "enormous damage" caused by a failed attempt by prosecutors in the Netherlands to extradite him from the UK on a European Arrest Warrant.

They had intended to question the ex-BBC quiz show panellist over a claim in his autobiography that he punched a man who approached him with a knife, then threw him into a canal in Amsterdam in 1988.

A statement issued on behalf of the star said: "The Dutch prosecutor Ms Hoekstra, has today withdrawn the European Arrest Warrant that was incorrectly issued against CJ in May of this year, that related to an alleged incident in Amsterdam almost 30 years ago

"CJ is obviously pleased but not surprised at this outcome , and will now be exploring his legal options going forward and examining the processes undertaken that resulted in this warrant being issued at all.

"CJ is now keen to start to repair the enormous damage sustained to his reputation as a result of the issuing of this warrant, and the headlines subsequently generated."

The actor, who lives with his husband in Caldicot, south-east Wales, was detained at Heathrow Airport in September, after landing at Terminal 3 from a business trip in South Africa.

After the extradition application was dismissed by a judge last month, the star thanked the "tens of thousands" of people who sent messages of support and said the process had been "traumatic".

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