An Irish doctor, who is wanted in Florida on charges of child molestation, has been arrested in Morocco.
Rory Doyle, 58, absconded almost two years ago before the Supreme Court could hear his appeal against extradition to the United States.
He was arrested in Tangier this afternoon, following an international investigation involving the gardaí, British police, and the US and Moroccan authorities.
Mr Doyle is expected to be returned directly to the US to face the charges, which he has denied.
The doctor, with addresses in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, and in Sallins, Co Kildare, was arrested in Ireland on foot of a US extradition warrant in 2009.
He is wanted in Florida to face three charges of child molestation, and a fourth of failing to turn up for his trial on those charges in November 2001.
The offences are alleged to have occurred at Treasure Island, Florida, between September 1994 and February 1995, and at St Petersburg, Florida, in July 2000.
Dr Doyle denied the charges. He changed his name to David West by deed poll in 2004.
In January 2010, the High Court ordered his extradition to the US, but he appealed to the Supreme Court and the hearing was due to be heard last February.
However, he absconded in December of last year after his passport was returned to him to allow him spend a week with his mother in England over the Christmas holidays.
Mrs Maura Doyle forfeited the €100,000 independent surety she put up for her son, and he lost his €25,000 bail money.
A High Court judge criticised gardaí at Donnybrook for not informing the Garda's Extradition Unit about Mr Doyle's disappearance until almost a month after it was reported to them.