Man awaits word on extradition to Thailand
The second Lower Mainland man accused of being an international pedophile sat in jail yesterday waiting to find out whether he’ll be extradited to Thailand.
Orville Frank Mader, 54, was detained at Vancouver International Airport Thursday on a flight from Southeast Asia after Thai police issued a warrant for his arrest.
The Surrey resident is accused of sexually abusing three boys aged 7 to 9. He appeared briefly in provincial court on Friday and was ordered to remain in custody until he finds a lawyer. His next court hearing is on Thursday.
Mader was detained under a Canadian law that allows the courts to restrict the movements of people believed to be a threat to children under the age of 14 even if no criminal charges have been filed.
The "sex tourism" law has rarely been used and its constitutionality has never been tested in the courts.
Thai police said they would ask the Foreign Ministry to start the extradition process. Canada and Thailand have an extradition treaty. "Our concern is Canadian police may only be able to hold him for a short period because he apparently has not done anything wrong in Canada," said Police Colonel Apichart Suribunya.
This incident comes in the wake of Thailand's arrest of Christopher Neil. The Maple Ridge resident became the focus of an international manhunt when German police determined his identity in manipulated photos of child abuse posted on the Internet.