Monk to be extradited over Fort Augustus abuse claims

A FORMER Catholic monk who taught at the Fort Augustus Abbey school is set to be extradited from Australia to face charges of child sex abuse.

Fr Denis Chrysostom Alexander was confronted by a BBC Scotland investigations reporter in Australia. Picture: BBC

Victims have long called for Fr Denis Chrysostom Alexander to face trial in Scotland.

He denies the allegations.

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Run by Catholic Benedictine monks, Fort Augustus Abbey school in the Highlands closed in 1993.

Allegations of decades of child sexual and physical abuse at the exclusive boarding school were made public in June 2013.

A spokeswoman for the Crown said: “Crown Counsel have instructed proceedings against Denis Alexander.

“Charges are being finalised with a view to seeking his extradition.”

The final decision rests with Australian authorities.