Ex-teacher arrested in South Africa in connection with British abuse

A former teacher accused of abusing students at Edinburgh boarding schools has been arrested in South Africa.

The 83-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was with his lawyer at a sex crimes agency in Cape Town on Monday morning.

He is later scheduled to appear in the city’s Wynberg Magistrates Court.

The man, known as “Edgar” in a BBC documentary, taught at Fettes College and Edinburgh Academy in the Scottish capital in the 1960s and 1970s.

BBC presenter Nicky Campbell is one of several former students who have leveled allegations against ‘Edgar’, who is fighting extradition from South Africa to the UK.

“Edgar” admitted molesting boys while teaching in Scotland, court documents obtained by the BBC show.

His legal team now insists he denies the allegations.

He also denies molesting students after moving to South Africa to teach at a prestigious Cape Town boys’ school.

The man is subject to an order from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry preventing his identification.

BBC presenter Nicky Campbell – who campaigned for Edgar’s extradition to the UK – said he witnessed sexual and physical abuse at Edinburgh Academy which had a “profound impact” on his life.

Edgar fights extradition out of pity, arguing that he is old, sick, and penitent.

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