A retired trainer accused of preying on boys at two main public colleges in Scotland has been arrested in South Africa.
The 83-year-old, who was known as ‘Edgar’ by former SNP chief Ian Blackford however whose actual identify can’t be disclosed for authorized causes, was introduced earlier than town’s Wynberg Magistrates Courtroom this afternoon.
He was bailed and can return to court docket on April 13.
Dubbed ‘Jimmy Savile Mark II’ by Blackford, Edgar is accused of crimes in opposition to boys at Edinburgh Academy and Fettes Faculty – the alma mater of ex-PM Tony Blair – within the Nineteen Seventies. He denies the allegations.
BBC presenter Nicky Campbell, who attended the Academy within the Nineteen Seventies, has led requires him to be introduced again to the UK to face trial, with a court docket listening to on account of happen later this 12 months.
The 83-year-old, seen in a South African court docket in the present day, has been dubbed ‘Jimmy Savile Mark II’ by a Scottish MP and is accused of crimes in opposition to boys at Edinburgh Academy and Fettes Faculty
Former SNP chief Ian Blackford used parliamentary privilege to call the person often known as ‘Edgar’ who’s accused of being a harmful sexual predator within the Nineteen Seventies
BBC presenter Nicky Campbell, who attended the Academy within the Nineteen Seventies, has led requires ‘Edgar’ to be introduced again to the UK to face trial
Edgar denies having molested pupils whereas instructing in Scotland, and likewise denied accusations of comparable behaviour after shifting to show in a prestigious faculty in Cape City.
He’s at present topic to an order on the Scottish Little one Abuse Inquiry stopping his identification.
However former SNP chief Blackford earlier this month used parliamentary privilege to declare his alias as ‘Edgar’ within the Home of Commons.
In a session of Schooling Questions within the Home of Commons on January 16, Mr Blackford informed MPs: ‘All of us on this home will prioritise preserving faculty kids protected from sexual predators and I’m certain the minister will pay attention to the Scottish Little one Abuse enquiry detailing the horrific allegations from a variety of witnesses to occasions at Edinburgh Academy and Fettes colleges by a person known as ”Edgar”.
The 83-year-old, dubbed ‘Jimmy Savile Mark II’ by Blackford, is accused of crimes in opposition to boys at Edinburgh Academy and Fettes Faculty (pictured)
‘I’ve a variety of constituents who’ve complaints in opposition to ”Edgar”. This man has admitted to inappropriate behaviour and is at present preventing extradition from South Africa the place he has been publicly named.
‘There’s priority (sic) in England the place one other alleged abuser dwelling in South Africa whose extradition has been sought has been publicly named.
‘We now know that there are dozens of boys who’ve come ahead to the police with allegations in opposition to the person known as ”Edgar”. It’s important that others who had been abused by this man can come ahead.
‘It’s proper that his crimes in opposition to kids are named – and it’s also proper that he’s now named.’
The 83-year-old is accused of crimes in opposition to boys at Edinburgh Academy (prime) and Fettes Faculty (above) – the alma mater of ex-PM Tony Blair, and has since moved to South Africa
Earlier this month Mr Campbell, 61, alleged he witnessed ‘Edgar’ abusing his pal in his faculty’s altering rooms and described his conduct as ‘so ubiquitous’ that all the pupils knew what was occurring.
Talking on BBC Breakfast, Mr Campbell mentioned: ‘He might effectively be probably the most prolific paedophiles in British legal historical past in case you do the maths and have a look at how lengthy he taught and what number of colleges he was at.’
After Campbell went public with the allegations, different former pupils of Edinburgh Academy and Fettes Faculty stepped ahead with tales of abuse.
Edinburgh Academy has since issued a public apology and says it’s cooperating with police.
In a press release to the Scottish Little one Abuse Inquiry, Fettes Faculty – whose alumni embody former PM Tony Blair – made a ‘full and unreserved apology’.
Edgar, who lives in a retirement advanced in Cape City, was arrested in South Africa in 2019 by British Police, and has an additional extradition listening to set for March 17.