The Federal Attorney General’s office has signed an extradition request to India for a person of interest in the murder of Cairns woman Toyah Cordingley.
Ms Cordingley’s body was discovered on a beach, north of Cairns, in October 2018.
No charges have been laid over her death despite a police investigation spanning more than two years.
In a statement, the Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General, Senator Amanda Stoker, said a formal extradition request was approved and would be sent to Indian authorities.
“I can confirm that I have signed an extradition request to India with respect to a man wanted by Queensland Police in relation to the murder of Toyah Cordingley near Cairns in 2018,” Senator Stoker said.
“Extradition requests vary considerably in complexity and can depend on a number of factors including the criminal offences, the criminal conduct underlying those offences and the volume of documentation required to make a valid extradition request to another country, as well as the relevant country’s own legal processes.
Far North Queensland MP Warren Entsch said the signing of the extradition request was a major step forward in getting justice for Ms Cordingley and her family.
“The family and the the broader community have been very frustrated with the timeframe on this but it has been necessary, unfortunately, to make sure that we get it right, to give us the best shot,” Mr Entsch said.
Mr Entsch said he had spoken with Ms Cordingley’s mother and supporters of the family since the extradition request had been signed.
“[They’re] very, very relieved that we’ve passed this major hurdle,” he said.
“As I said to Toyah’s mother this morning, there’s a sense of ownership of the grief, the frustration and this beautiful young girl; she’s all of our daughters.
“We’re never going to give up on this one until we see justice for Toyah.”
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